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Does it bother you when dancers fall?


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#31 campvaldes

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Posted 06 July 2001 - 04:15 PM

When I see a dancer fall, I just worry whether they are hurt. When the Cuban Ballet
was at the Met in 1979 or 1980- I saw the
Myrta (Queen of the Willies) collapse on stage...and not get up. She was moaning in what must have been incredible pain. The curtain came down. The only time I ever saw something like this. This made me realize how fragile dancers' careers are. They live on the edge, even during rehearsals.

#32 Andrei

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Posted 07 July 2001 - 07:51 PM

I want to distinguish two kind of falls. First is when you just slip because of the floor condition, nobody can blame you and you, actualy, get rid of it very easily in your memory and it doesn't injure too much. (Even we have proverb in Russia "poor dancer always blame the floor").
The second is when you made a technical mistake executing the movement. First of all you can damage your body very seriously, specialy on the landing, second, it's really shame on you and you turn the slow-motion picture of what's happened over and over in your head. I still remember my hopeless debut in "Valpurgy's Night" about 30 years ago, when in the day of the performance I "lost" saut de basque and I have to make six of them in my variation! It was disaster and I thaught I will never dance it again, but to my fortune, A.D. gave me another chance in one week and in that time I "found" my saut de basque back, so, everything was all right.

Looking from the auditorium I usually can predict the fall one second before and, as Gianina, can't hold my breath. I believe, my "A-a-h" is too loud and I'm frightening people sitting around.

[ 07-07-2001: Message edited by: Andrei ]


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