"When Things Go Wrooong"(Stage disasters. What, who, when...)
Posted 05 March 2009 - 02:03 AM
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Posted 09 March 2009 - 04:35 AM
I know there is at least one video of ballet bloopers out there—does anyone know of it? It may be a Russian video. I remember it had lots of uninteresting falls and such, but also things like a dancer doing a circle of jete en tournant and getting wound up in a curtain and having to stop to move backward and unwind himself before continuing on.
This is not the video you're thinking of, but it features Dmitri Gudanov of the Bolshoi in a series of minor accidents. I love the first one (Giselle).
Posted 06 June 2010 - 08:45 AM
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 10:38 AM
I know this particular glitch has occurred in almost every theater where they have some kind of transport other than your feet -- boats, carts, carriages -- whatever.
Posted 07 June 2010 - 08:28 PM
But back to the funny ones, I know that the little donkey in "Union Jack" has left deposits onstage at various times. And once, in "Mozartiana" with Suzanne Farrell and Ib Anderson in the leads, in the final section of the coda where the children are dancing with the principals, one girl's slipper came untied. She just kept up the the choreography.... I forget if she kicked it off at the end, but she never stopped smiling or dancing. A real trouper!
Posted 08 June 2010 - 04:21 AM
In this version, there is a huge bed in the center of the stage for that big pas de deux -which is managed around and over and on top of said bed.
Immediately afterwards is a "black out", and when the lights come back up,
the stage is empty, and everyone for the next scene are all standing around the sides, in position.
Except it wasn't.
Empty, I mean.
When the lights came back up, the bed was _still there_.
We all looked at each other, made a few fervent nods and eye-brow raisings, and then we started the dance, just going around this humongous bed for the entire scene.
I wonder if anyone in the audience even noticed; perhaps they thought it was an interesting twist to the story. ;)
Posted 02 July 2013 - 11:15 AM
Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:43 PM
And then we have Tuesday. Country matters being in the air, the gentleman hound found himself unable to resist the beauteous lady hound. The ballet came to a dead stop while the hounds, undeterred in their amorous pursuits, were dragged (and I mean actually dragged) off the stage and the audience attempted to recover itself. I havent laughed so much since the last time I watched a Marx Brothers marathon.
Update: Just back from the Saturday matinee - we're down to one Russian wolf hound. Maybe they got a divorce.
Posted 30 January 2014 - 10:49 PM
I'm glad that most of these reports end happily. I wouldn't want to count the times when dancers are injured onstage, that's more sad than funny.
But back to the funny ones, I know that the little donkey in "Union Jack" has left deposits onstage at various times. ...
I witnessed one of those times: Balanchine's Union Jack has a central pas de deux titled "Costermonger", built on music-hall music and traditions, originally led by Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefous. The coda brings on two children, "and a real donkey and a cart and anything that may ensue from donkeys on the stage," as Arlene Croce delicately put it in her review of the premiere.
One of the nights I was there soon after the premiere in May 1976, the donkey did rather disgrace itself, to the apparent consternation of Bonnefous and the embarrassment and disgust of McBride. In the uproar, we wondered, how would they handle this? (In ordinary circumstances, we would see a loose slipper or part of a costume kicked to the back and then off, momentarily giving whatever ballet was being performed some of the air of a soccer game, to scattered applause sometimes.)
Enter, audience right, not a stage hand, but Peter Martins, already in nautical white costume for Royal Navy, to follow after intermission, bearing a broom and a scoop, approaching the mess at downstage center with all resolute pace and apparent attitude of a sailor about to mop the deck. His mission accomplished, he exited to the side he came in from, while the cart, bearing McBride and the kids, drawn by a dubious donkey by now distracted by the gesticulating Bonnefous, made its way off the other side, everyone waving to our applause.
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