Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:52 PM
Irek Mukhamedov -- when the Bolshoi came on tour in 1989 or 90, he stayed at the back during the bows and kept sending other people forward to bow. i was very moved, it was so handsome, so modest, so generous. It was the same tour when Maria Bylova threw her [colossal bouquet of] flowers into the orchestra pit -- but that seemed ambiguous to me, almost a gesture of defiance. Still, it was magnificent.
And two from San Francisco Ballet: when Joanna Berman danced Aurora, in her first act she seemed almost completely unaware of the difficulties of the Rose adagio -- all we could see was how happy the princess was, how much she loved all these wonderful people who'd come to her birthday party, she was aware of and alive to absolutely everybody onstage, even hte supers, and constantly exchanging glances with them, as occasion permitted; and another, at the bows for opening night of Don Quixote, when Lorena Feijoo handed her [again colossal] bouquet of flowers to Joan Boada, her Basilio, who'd just been pink-slipped [which was common knowledge to the audience], and let us know on the spot, she cast her vote with her compatriot and partner. [Soon thereafter Boada's contract was renewed.]