A Question for RG
Posted 29 April 2008 - 11:46 AM
I wondered if you could tell me what the mime is for the King when he dithers on whether to hang the peasant women in the Kirov reconstruction of the Sleeping Beauty.
I have always loved that scene but it's been so long since I saw it, I can't quite remember it.
Thanks for reading this.
Posted 29 April 2008 - 12:09 PM
meanwhile, wiley's translation in A CENTURY OF RUSSIAN BALLET of the original libretto indicates the intervention of princes:
After detailing the fact that catalabutte has arrested several village girls for working with needles in front of the castle, the libretto continues: "The king and queen are horrified. 'Let the guilty suffer punishment for this and never more see the light of day.' The princes beg mercy for the guilty. Not one tear ought to be shed in Florestan's realm on the day Aurora turns twenty. The king pardons the villagers, but with the condition that their work by burned by the hangman in a public place. General delight."
Posted 29 April 2008 - 01:52 PM
Posted 29 April 2008 - 02:08 PM
Thank you so much for answering my question and I look forward to hearing from you again
Posted 29 April 2008 - 03:47 PM
You could probably learn hte mime from the video more easily than from a written account, esp since the gestures would be timed to the music....
Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:38 PM
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 06:23 PM
I wondered why they were knitting, when there was a ban on a spindle, but I guess it's "where there's smoke there's fire," logic, because how do you get the wool in the form to knit it if you don't have a spindle?
Posted 29 April 2008 - 06:44 PM
as stated above, various other videos, including the kirov's k.sergeyev version, can be consulted to see and study the mime.
i don't see its being easy or convenient for any of us to try to spell out the mime in 'long hand' - BT members are generous but can't be expected to write out in detail such things as mime-o-logues.
or at least, i can't see my way to doing so.
Posted 29 April 2008 - 07:36 PM
ABT's first full-length Beauty was Mary Skeaping's staging, in the mid-'70s. MacMillan did his number on it after having set his Romeo on ABT some years later.
It might be well to recall that the first full-length ABT Beauty was a MacMillan staging, he having got the beta version out of the way in 1973. If I recall correctly, it had the Messel designs.
Skeaping's had the virtue of letting the ballet describe itself. No editorializing or revisionist viewpoionts here. I want it back.
Posted 30 April 2008 - 03:50 AM
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