Do you cry at the ballet?
Posted 21 February 2002 - 12:18 PM
Posted 21 February 2002 - 02:01 PM
Posted 21 February 2002 - 02:38 PM
When the tree grows in Nutcracker, the corps descending the ramp in Bayadere, the beginning of the Act II Pas de Deux in Swan Lake with the harp cadenza, they all give me the chills in the most wonderful way possible.
Posted 21 February 2002 - 03:10 PM
Posted 21 February 2002 - 03:26 PM
I feel the same way about Ferri's Juliet in the final scene. I saw her twice at the Met and she was phenomenal.
Posted 21 February 2002 - 03:35 PM
any Romeo and Juliet
and whenever I know a dancer is having a debut and just nails it, I feel like a proud parent and get teary eyed
Posted 21 February 2002 - 03:40 PM
Sometimes I have to really pull myself up short so I don't completely miss something because I am weeping...and of course, sometimes a performance will affect much more strongly depending on what is occurring in one's life. Some music will turn on the spigots even if there is nothing going on onstage (this can get embarrassing during rehearsals when one is trying to fit a costume!)
Preghiera from Mozartiana is a sure bet. Serenade. Lots of Romeo and Juliet. A good bit of Swan Lake....well, I have to be utterly honest and say a good bit of Tchaikovsky. Lots of Midsummer Night's Dream/The Dream.
Oh well, I have lots of hankies (emboidered, of course!) It's interesting, while I shy away from anything sad in movies or theatre, I always go to the ballet.
Posted 21 February 2002 - 04:12 PM
Posted 21 February 2002 - 04:18 PM
Posted 21 February 2002 - 07:28 PM
Just the privilege of being in the same room (albiet a very large room) as a ballerina doing almost anything sometimes will bring at least a catch to my throat. I love ballerinas--on stage they are as close to perfect as a human being can be. I once teared up just watching Karen Kain breathe--she had just finished a very athletic solo in "Don Q" and was standing at stage right, downstage, holding a rock solid position watching some peasants cavort while hitting about 25 deep breaths per minute.
Much of "Prodigal Son", "Dark Elegies" Gisele's death, the Adagio from "Swan Lake", actually a lot of stuff will move me to tears or close to them.
When I was much younger, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing Mahler would do it, and almost any good performance of the late Beethoven quartets, especially op. 127 still will do so.
My Italian is terrible and my German non-existant, so I am not put off by the often poor diction which seems to abound in opera houses. There are two specific scenes, one in "Rigoletto" and one in "Fidelio" that always move me to tears--every time I see them, even in relatively poorly sung or acted productions.
And I am a stoic compared to my wife, but that is another story.
[ February 21, 2002: Message edited by: Ed Waffle ]
Posted 21 February 2002 - 08:05 PM
Not just at performances but even at rehearsals, when the music and choreography compliment each other perfectly.
It happens in THE PRODIGAL SON. It happens in LILAC GARDEN. I get choked up and teary eyed by seeing my favorite dancers expressing themselves in such a sublime way.
Now if you want the goose bump moments, that's another thread.
Posted 21 February 2002 - 08:19 PM
(That's when I get exasperated at being a watering-pot.)
Posted 25 February 2002 - 01:59 AM
I also LAUGH at the ballet, usually it's witty feet....
SOmetimes it's like weeping for joy...
Symphony in C -- when the big tune wells up and hte barllerina dives into that arabesque turn, actually , when Betsy Erickson did that role wth San Francisco Ballet, I lost it completely, it slugged me, caught me by surprise........
and Joanna Berman did that to me as Aurora, in her "Russian dance" variation in hte grand pas de deux, she was so tender --
Sibley and Dowell did it to me at the VERY end of Swan Lake, the apotheosis...
ANd MArk Morris as Dido, as he receded from he stage at the end, one step forward and 2 steps back, like a dying heart-beat...
And in "Company B" at San Francisco Ballet....... It made me understand how my parents met and why they married and how I came to be born and why our family's life was so full of regrets the way it was...
Posted 25 February 2002 - 02:16 AM
Of course, I was wrong, and their short but bittwersweet pas de deux in Act IV was so saddeningly beautiful; it was if all could not be helped, and Odette was doomed forever. The music was so touching, I leaped up after wiping my eyes and downloaded it from Morpheus.
Another misty-eyed moment for me is during the Act II pas de deux of Giselle. For me, it's no so much that I love the dancing (although I do, whole-heartedly) but the music itself is so suited to the role that it's almost like being trasported right there to a graveyard. Somehow that music always inspires me to get up and attempt to dance what Giselle is on the screen.
I'm also adding something from personal experience - this summer, our studio performed 'Serenade', staged by Robert Barnett, and I was exiled to the side for a while until I came on for about eight counts during the 'flowers' formation (right after the first girl's short solo), waited, and came on again as an 'Aspirin Girl'. At least, that's what they called them. Anyway, so I was watching from the sides, quite misty-eyed already because I wasn't in the starting corps (because I was seventeeth in a line of sixteen), but when I heard that beutiful music welling up, and the girls gazing past their outstretched hand, I almost lost it. However, once regaining my composure, I danced my heart out. smile.gif
Posted 25 February 2002 - 04:37 AM
The first time i saw darcey bussell dance swan lake i cried the whole way thriugh her 32 fouttese and most of the pdd!!
Alina cojocarus mad scene in giselle last year was also a real tearjerker!
one other thing, at the end of centre stage when you se all the graduating students in class at their new companies i always start crying!
dont know why does anyone else find this?
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