Backstage at the Paris Opera
Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:31 AM
Posted 28 April 2009 - 10:19 AM
Posted 28 April 2009 - 06:10 PM
Tuesday's installment on the Palais Garnier shows us the wardrobe department preparing to ship Bayadère costumes to Australia, Manuel Legris coaching Fabien Révillion in the Foyer de la Danse, the fish living in the theatre's basement and company class in the cupola.
Merci beaucoup. Thanks for posting. Really a treat to see the reality behind the pictures and stories.
Posted 28 April 2009 - 07:46 PM
Posted 28 April 2009 - 07:48 PM
Um...why are there fish living in the theater? (Sorry, but my high school French gave up after 'tutu'.)
Tuesday's installment on the Palais Garnier ... the fish living in the theatre's basement...
Posted 28 April 2009 - 08:03 PM
I have to say that the real thing is nowhere near as grand as the soundstage lake used in the 1943 Claude Rains film.
Posted 29 April 2009 - 04:46 AM
Posted 29 April 2009 - 05:52 AM
Just goes to show the French do everything with style. If you're going to be a fish farmer, be a fish farmer at the Paris Opera!
Apparently an enterprising member of staff had gone in for a spot of fish farming in the underground lake.
Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:07 AM
And was that Stéphane Phavorin around 3:15?
Posted 29 April 2009 - 01:00 PM
Rosa: yes, I think this is Phavorin.
Posted 30 April 2009 - 11:10 AM
Posted 01 May 2009 - 09:06 AM
Posted 01 May 2009 - 02:51 PM
This brought back a lot of memories of when I worked at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. There was a series produced by the BBC TV, that featured a series of programmes which I think were called "The House"
which were broadcast over quite a long time. It was made prior to the closure for the refurbishment, and included before and after.
Seeing how they shoved the Tutu's into those bags did horrify me, when I think of the care and attention we used to give to our Tutu's, which were packed flat in large square cases. But it looked as if they still used the costume rails with heavy duty covers to protect them.It was a mammoth task as we toured every week and did 7 performances, and the quantity of costumes and assessories was huge. We had our own train, and later huge lorries.
I can remember sitting like the Lady Costumier, hand sewing jewels and decoration on to the Tutu's, which I had made from scratch. Yards and yards of Net, satin, lining and support bone.taped hooked fastening, and
silk safety ties in the skirt.
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