"Marking" during practice
Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:29 PM
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 05:12 PM
(Oops -- writing the same time as Hans!)
Posted 07 September 2008 - 05:14 PM
Posted 07 September 2008 - 05:24 PM
Oh, I thought "marking" was when the dancer used his/her hands as a reminder of the steps.
I would say that would qualify as marking to some extent as well.
When you are learning a piece marking is especially useful because it allows you to get the steps into your brain without having to do them full out as many times.
Also if you know part of a piece and can execute it perfectly, marking that part allows you to conserve energy so that you can concentrate on the part that is giving you difficulty.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 03:34 AM
George Washington, who loved to dance, sometimes marked in confined ballrooms (he was 6'2", weighed 209 lbs. and had very long arms) by walking the figures of the dance, then marking the more complicated footwork of the steps by tracing it with his hands, just as today's dancers do in rehearsal. When the dancing got rough, Big George marked with his hands!)
Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:30 AM
One of my favorite operatic rehearsal clips was one that was shared by George Jellinek on his radio program, "The Vocal Scene". Maria Callas was in a stage/orchestral rehearsal of "La Sonnambula", I think in London. Everyone assumed she would mark, and if I remember correctly, she might have started that way, but then got carried by the music, giving the most glorious full-out performances of the sleepwalking scene ("Ah! non credea mirarti"), complete with the rapturous verbal responses of the maestro.
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Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:06 PM
For professionals, if there isn't a day of rest between the dress rehearsal and performance of a full-length ballet, it may be absolutely necessary to mark their parts, although I agree that they should generally do as much as possible full-out. The corps would usually always dance full-out, partly because their steps are less taxing and partly because if everyone is marking, it is much more difficult to see whether they are together, in line, &c.
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