A Perfect Moment
Posted 08 November 1998 - 01:31 PM
I was presented one of my "perfect moments" a few years ago. My daughter and I were at a San Francisco Ballet performance. In the ticket line I spotted Makarova, my all-time favorite ballerina. I grabbed a program, asked for her autograph, and was struck speechless! No "You're my favorite ballerina"; no "Thank you for the years of happiness you've given me". I just stood there as she wrote, mumbled thanks, and watched her walk away. Of course I giggled the rest of the evening!
My choice of a favorite moment would be to have Merril Ashley (in point shoes) and her book "Dancing For Balanchine" in a dance studio for a day and have her explain/demonstrate Balanchine to me.
Posted 08 November 1998 - 01:35 PM
Posted 08 November 1998 - 03:40 PM
There. Presto, it's a video question. You experienced a video moment with Mme. Makarova. You just forgot your camera.
Posted 09 November 1998 - 12:47 AM
Regarding what to do and say when confronted with an artist that one admires--
I just recently come up with an answer, while backstage at the Michigan Opera Theatre following a performance. In the past I had always avoided the "meet the artist" galas or going backstage to greet artists one had just seen on stage. They were on a different plane, breathed that rarified 'artist' air that is denied to us mere mortals. So I could never decide what to say to such august beings.
Well, I have figured it out--What worked and would work under almost any circumstances: "We just saw you in (LOHEGRIN, SWAN LAKE, whatever, fill in the blank) and you were wonderful...and we saw you last year in (more blanks to fill in) and you were wonderful...and we hope to see you in (larger/more challenging/your favorite) roles soon, where you also will be wonderful."
If possible, throw in a response to something that they actually did "I never saw a grand jete cover so much ground" or "That first Bflat in Senta's Dream was the most sublime note I have ever heard."
all the best,
Posted 09 November 1998 - 06:14 PM
When in doubt, be sincere. If it comes out as a gush, I don't think they'll mind.
Posted 10 November 1998 - 04:48 AM
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