Does it bother you when dancers fall?
Posted 10 June 2001 - 09:45 AM
Posted 10 June 2001 - 10:36 AM
Posted 10 June 2001 - 02:15 PM
Posted 10 June 2001 - 02:23 PM
Falls come with the territory. Dancers aren't machines, and mistakes happen. It's really no big deal as long as it doesn't happen every night.
When dancers actually injure themselves, it's another story. I'll never forget poor Robert Weiss's busting his Achilles tendon during Ballo de la Regina, which led to Merrill Ashley's legendary act of finishing the ballet alone. Or a recent opening-night performance of Symphony in C where Nikolaj Hubbe took a hard fall and hobbled off the stage, not to return (thank God he was back dancing shortly thereafter). One doesn't deduct points in such situations, of course, but simply pray for the dancer's speedy recovery.
It is sobering to realize just how much these people put themselves at risk every night for our entertainment and inspiration.
(Funny, I don't think I ever saw Kirkland fall.)
Posted 10 June 2001 - 03:32 PM
I saw a video of Nureyev as Conrad in Le Corsaire, and during his variation in the Grand Pas de Deux, he really went for the jump, and sort of slip-slippety-tumbled his landing, only to return in true form and style for the next attitude pique. When a dancer holds back and doesn't make the tiniest slip or stumble, that's nice for them but then I get the feeling that ballet isn't really the place of safety. It's an art that revolves entirely around the body, and a dancer should take risks to make the dance that much more pleasing.
I couldn't imagine a timid Lilac Fairy taking baby steps up to the King and Queen. Her status seems to represent a ground-covering, large-movement lady who's really presenting the ballet for the Prologue and First Act.
Now that I've exhausted my virtual vocal chords, I'll reiterate.. You don't become a dancer for a career that spans forty years and pays so well that you can own a Beverly Hills home. That should tell you something about risk, and falls are part of that.
[ 06-10-2001: Message edited by: Luka ]
Posted 10 June 2001 - 03:36 PM
Posted 11 June 2001 - 01:22 PM
Posted 11 June 2001 - 01:53 PM
Posted 11 June 2001 - 03:18 PM
When this person happens to be sitting near me, I give them the usual speech at intermission. ("Don't you feel sorry for the dancer? They work so hard just to please you, and it caused them pain, and all you can do is critcise?") It's happened before.
[ 06-11-2001: Message edited by: ~A.C~ ]
Posted 11 June 2001 - 05:32 PM
That said though, I don't like when dancers make up their own choreography to show off some of their talents and miss (badly) I've seen a few male dancers in NY do that this year, I have to admit when they miss, I kind of smil and think they should have left the choreography the way it was.
I've also seen dancers laughing, someone falls and shoulders start shaking.
Posted 11 June 2001 - 07:16 PM
Posted 12 June 2001 - 02:18 AM
AND - especially in story-telling ballets where a lot is happening on stage - some people don't even notice when someone of the corps slips!
I remember a very bad fall of one guy in Don Q. pas de quatre when he could not get on his feet again as he injured either his knee or achilles (sorry, can't remember), so the other three guys had to carry him off the stage. This made me feel really sorry and worried for him and left a sad taste in this otherwise so bright production - but of course, the show did go on...
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