Hair up or down, during the Mad Scene?
Posted 29 April 2001 - 10:48 PM
Posted 29 April 2001 - 11:24 PM
MY gripe with Giselle's hair coming down is all the work that Berthe seems to have to do to help some dancers get all the pins out. Clearly the dancer has to do some work while she's offstage to make the whole thing look natural. Having Berthe act as a hair "undresser" looks messy. The neatest way is to take out most of the pins while the dancer is offstage before the finale. A strong thread can tie the necklace to a ribbon holding the hair, so that it comes off leaving the hair loose when the necklace is pulled off. You have to experiment to see what works best for your hair type. Obviously you have to give the IMPRESSION that Giselle's hairdo is unchanged up until she becomes distraught. :rolleyes:
Posted 30 April 2001 - 12:04 AM
Hair down -- but please practice enough so that it comes down in one wild grab of a stragetically placed pin instead of wrestling with it, or having Mum desperately try to get it out of whatever it's stuck in, while pretending to comfort.
Posted 30 April 2001 - 10:52 AM
Posted 30 April 2001 - 10:37 PM
Posted 07 August 2003 - 08:21 AM
Posted 09 August 2003 - 01:21 AM
I much prefer the Fracci method. I hate it when the hair becomes the star of the last third of Act I. We first see Giselle in a tight, neat, little bun. But at her last entrance, the bun is a little looser. Then there's the whole production of undoing it so that the hair falls. Too much unnecessary stage fuss distracting from the action, to my mind.
Posted 09 August 2003 - 06:38 AM
Posted 09 August 2003 - 08:42 AM
Posted 09 August 2003 - 09:11 AM
One of the best books -- lots of drawings -- I know of pre-19th century ballet is Marian Hannah Winter's "The Pre-Romantic Ballet." VERY expensive and long out of print, but it might turn up on alibris, or another web site of that sort.
Posted 09 August 2003 - 11:46 AM
Posted 09 August 2003 - 12:07 PM
As for today -- it can work, but not when the dancer dancing "Giselle" falls sane and arises MAD. But that's just bad acting.
Posted 24 June 2004 - 07:36 AM
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