Do you like mime in ballet?
Posted 30 June 2002 - 11:40 AM
The question is "Do you like mime in ballet?"
If your answer is "It depends" PLEASE tell us what it depends on
Posted 30 June 2002 - 04:31 PM
Posted 30 June 2002 - 06:04 PM
As a matter of fact, this is something I often miss in NYCB's performances - and wonder if the "neoclassical" just doesn't go in for it? Don't know if that's even the correct word to use...but I do, sometimes, feel that many of the ballets I see at the NY State Theater are missing the human emotion..although, I am sure, many would say that their dancing is the expression.
Posted 30 June 2002 - 06:43 PM
Posted 01 July 2002 - 01:15 AM
Posted 01 July 2002 - 08:26 AM
Posted 01 July 2002 - 08:30 AM
"Shoot me not." "I shoot you not."
"Shoot my swans not." "I'd never think of shooting your swans." [thought very hard by the Prince]
"Have I mentioned that I'd prefer if you didn't shoot?"
and on and on and on and on until, sometimes, one wished the Prince to raise his bow.....and mime, "Enough already."
Posted 01 July 2002 - 08:42 AM
Posted 01 July 2002 - 09:07 AM
Having gone to performances at the Kennedy Center for so many years, I think I have a sense of the audience in DC, too. It's never particularly liked "La Sylphide" (except once when the RDB did it in '92 and it was so good they forgot it was mime). Folk Tale didn't go down well here in '92. I sensed that the audience was sulky at the recent production of the Bolshoi's Bayadere, until the Shades scene.
We're not used to mime. It's also often scorned in advance pieces -- even in some of a company's own material. "Despite its rich mime passages..." "The story is told without resorting to old-fashioned mime!!!" that kind of thing. So much seems to telegraph that mime is dumb.
Posted 01 July 2002 - 10:49 AM
Posted 01 July 2002 - 11:08 AM
Posted 01 July 2002 - 11:16 AM
Posted 01 July 2002 - 11:21 AM
I was also sitting in the third row, where I could practically hear the dancers breathe. I think the comments several people have made about mime and gesture not carrying well in big houses is a good one, too. Tudor at the Mercury and Tudor at the Met must be very different experiences! And the Bolshoi MUST do big gestures, as well as big jumps, because they have such a big stage. The dancers can't all huddle in the middle and exchange glances.
Posted 01 July 2002 - 12:11 PM
I will say that over acting in mime is terrible - and sometimes the more "humorous" roles can be tricky to carry off well...perhaps that's the mime that people love to hate?
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