Horses, ponies and goatsused on stage
Posted 27 August 2010 - 05:29 AM
Posted 27 August 2010 - 06:10 AM
I've seen the Mikhailovsky Spartacus on tour but they didn't bring their tiger. Personally I have mixed feelings about the use of animals on stage, but have enjoyed the acrobatics performed by dolphins and seals at various aqua parks; perhaps they think they are onto a cushy number as by performing a few tricks they get all the fish they want for little effort.
Posted 27 August 2010 - 08:28 AM
I'm sure there are animals who are temperamentally suited to the stage and love to be in the spotlight (literally and figuratively), but, for me, it's never worth it.
Posted 28 August 2010 - 11:14 AM
BRB also have a horse in the hunting scene in Giselle but only in Bimingham. The huntsmen have 2 dogs (I think Salukis).
I was watching an NBT class at Leeds Grand a couple of years ago when an unscheduled pigeon made an appearance and spent a considerable amount of time fluttering around the auditorium! I never did find out where it escaped to!
Posted 28 August 2010 - 06:44 PM
Posted 30 August 2010 - 07:04 PM
My favorite onstage animal experience was at a Siegfried & Roy performance in Las Vegas. Of course they had the white tigers etc., but I will always remember the elephant. It stood on its hind legs, trunk in the air, and well ... I was VERY VERY glad I was not sitting in the first few rows, and felt sorry that management hadn't warned those patrons so situated to wear a raincoat.
(Which is why I do not think I need to see either a live tiger or elephant in "La Bayadere" --- and BTW isn't Solor returning from a tiger hunt in Act1, so wouldn't his prey be dead?!)
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