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Goose Bump Experience


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#16 sylvia

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Posted 21 June 2001 - 09:06 AM

When the singing started in "You Spotted Snakes" in The Dream. I'd never heard the music before, so it came as a complete surprise. Had chills down my spine - it was so beautiful.

Likewise, but for more sustained moments in Song of the Earth. The soprano and tenor just lifted me up.

#17 Autumn7

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Posted 21 June 2001 - 10:08 AM

I got my first set of ballet goosebumps the first time I saw "Theme and Variations" and I have had many more since then. But "T & H' still does it for me every time. It never fails. God Bless Balanchine & Tchaikovsky & the dancers that have performed these last 20 years!

#18 colwill

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Posted 22 June 2001 - 04:35 AM

I have three extreme goosebump experiences.

Beckster, my first ever goosebump was the same as yours but at the Coliseum London The moment the curtain rose on the last act of Swan Lake with the dancers arising from the swirling dry ice. It was then that I fell in love with ballet. I can easily remember the occasion, it was the Kirov in London with Olga Chechicova dancing Odette, but then I was only 60!

The moment I entered the Palaise Garnier in Paris and walked up the magnificent staircase. Even now the thoughts of it sends shivers down my spine.

The other goosebump event, and it happens every time I watch Le Bayedere, is the moment when Nikiya enters in Act one and the high priest lifts the veil. It never fails whatever company is dancing.

#19 ScottieGDE13

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Posted 22 June 2001 - 04:40 PM

Just Watching Romeo and Juliet's balcony pas de deux... well, if the two dancers are not only techinically wonderful but also great actors.

#20 LMCtech

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Posted 22 June 2001 - 06:39 PM

Scottie, I'm with you. R&J balcony scene everytime. I think it's the music.

Also when the singers come in during Snowflakes.

The end of the Rose Adagio.

The DTH women in their "Medea" gave me bumpy skin til the curtain went down.

The ballet in "Aida". Not strictly dance, but again I think it's the music.

And I also agree with Steve: the first 5 minutes of "Serenade".

#21 BalletNut

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Posted 23 June 2001 - 06:18 PM

1. The part in Melancholic from 4 Temps when the 4 corps women enter, jabbing their legs into the ground like daggers

2. Odette's entrance in Swan Lake

3.The apotheose from Sleeping Beauty

4.The polonaise from Theme & Variations, especially when everyone lines up with the principals at the front, and march across the stage.

#22 Alexandra

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Posted 23 June 2001 - 07:51 PM

For some seasons, waiting for the curtain to go up!

Ballet Nut, I'm also always reduced to tatters by the entree of the "furies" in Melancholic (and by the ending of Four Ts; I think it's the music).

The Sylph's death scene in La Sylphide. The moment when it finally dawns on Viderik that he's not going to get the girl in Folk Tale. The part in Theme and Variations where the men come in -- explode onto the stage, if you're lucky.

The rest have been individual performances, too many to recount.

#23 Manhattnik

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Posted 23 June 2001 - 09:41 PM

I almost forgot the moment in the Rosenkavalier section of Vienna Waltzes when the lights come on and the entire company spins onto the stage in those gorgeous tuxes and those white Karinska dresses. Gets me all verklempt every time.

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Posted 24 June 2001 - 01:36 AM

I've got to agree with the 4ts section when the four women enter during Melancholic. There's just something strangly sinister about them. And in the last movement, when the four leads of other sections make a box around the Choloric woman and the strings switch to a pizzicato.

-- also, the finale of Balanchine's Swan Lake, when the music gets all shimmery and Odette bourrees out.

-- the 1st section of Union Jack, when the dancers just slowly march in, accompanied by just drummers and the low brass section.

-- Serenade, when the corps girls start circle the stage in pique turns.

And I agree with Manhattnik, the
Preghiera section of Mozartiana.

And there's probably too many more to mention. But I'm envious of Mel. What was Opus 34 like?

#25 AmandaNYC

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Posted 24 June 2001 - 05:36 PM

Some echo others, some not.

Serenade-- I just need to hear the first few notes. Even with the curtain still down.

Balanchine's Swan Lake, after Odette exits, when the white swan prop appears on the lake. I love the poetic ending.

Vienna Waltzes, final section, when the lights go up fully and all the couples are on stage.

Stars & Stripes Men's Regiment-- pretty much the entire section. Especially when they do the turns in canon, or whatever it's called.

Theme & Variations-- what BalletNut said.

La Source- Secondary principals first piece, with the jumping side vertical attitude (Oh, I don't know what to call it!)... with Ashley Bouder doing it.

After all this time, the tree growing in Balanchine's Nutcracker.
Also, Waltz of the Flowers when they all *bloom*, from their bowed over position to upright. And, with Jennie Somogyi performing, when Dewdrop pushes through the Flowers before the final flourish.

That's enough for now...
-amanda

#26 Lukayev

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Posted 25 June 2001 - 01:03 AM

I just had a goose bumps episode about a few hours back --

Watching the Spring Waters pdd (chor. Messerer, arr. Rachmaninov) with Maria Bylova and Leonid Nikonov of the Bolshoi, probably sometime in the late eighties.. that one part where the music swells up and then washes away, the girl flings herself into the guy's arms with an assemble followed by a.. well, for lack of better words, SOAR.. FLY.. CATCH! I got chicken skin right there, and both of them were just so exhilarating and lengthy in their dancing that it reminded me how beautiful ballet can be. :)

--Luka

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Posted 25 June 2001 - 10:21 PM

Thanks Ballet Alert posters for your thoughts.

I thought of a couple more.

I always get goose bumps when the curtain goes up for Les Sylphides and reveals the mysterious cast of sylphs in a beautiful tableaux.

I also got them when I saw, and get them when I think about the pas de deux in the production of Carousel with choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan.

Did anyone think of the freeze in Lilac Garden?

#28 Kristen

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Posted 27 June 2001 - 11:54 AM

I'm with Luka on that mention of Spring Waters on the Bolshoi video - dazzling, despite his costume, which looks like a lettuce leaf.

Live goosebump moments:

Villella (sp?) and Violette Verdy tearing up a high school auditorium stage in Gainesville, Florida doing Stars and Stripes (1973!!).

Gelsey Kirkland dancing at the dreadful West Palm Beach Auditorium - don't even remember
what she danced - but she floated above the stage like no dancer I've seen before or since - positively ethereal. (Dvorovenko in Giselle last month at the Met came close)

Ananiashvili's exit in the Dying Swan.

Patti McBride in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.

Margaret Tracy's Liberty Bell.

Susan Jaffe's debut in Swan Lake with Baryshnikov - an evening I've never forgotten.

The Corps of the Paris Opera Ballet - Act II of Swan Lake.

Albert Evans, Jose Manuel Carreno or Angel Corella doing just about anything.

I better not get into videotape moments or this will go on forever. Kristen


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