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eugene merrett

28-03-00, 02:58 PM (GMT)
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"Use of the new stage machinery for ballet"
 
   After seeing the opera the Flying Dutchman I noticed the brilliant use of the revolving stage for some of the scenes. The finale to FD is very similar to Swan Lake. But it was far more moving here because of the use of the revolving stage. The chorus look out to the back of the stage to see Senta and the Dutchman acend to heaven but the the stage revolves so that the curtain closes with them look out facing the audience.

Maybe the Royal Ballet should use the revolving stage more for some of their works. I think it would look stunning in the White Acts ot Swan Lake. Moreover a moving stage could convey the sensation of dancers gliding accross the stage better then "bourreing". Also imagine a really romantic pdd on a revolving stage with smoke effect etc. I think it would be very romantic!! I think the audience especially children and first timers would love it.

Another technique the should use if to a have sets come down from the ceiling. (The ROH do have sets above the stage which can be lowered quickly.) This what the Met do do for the grand march to Aida!. I think it would be particularly effective for a major ball room scene.

So I urge the Royal Ballet to really make full use of the new stage when they restage their classics!


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  RE: Use of the new stage machinery for ballet Caitlyn 28-03-00 1
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Caitlyn

28-03-00, 11:39 PM (GMT)
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   Interesting idea, but I woudn't want to be the dancer doing fouettes while the stage was turning.


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Eugene Merrett

29-03-00, 06:28 PM (GMT)
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   I was thinking more about having the revolving stage for adagios such as Act 2 Swan Lake pdd or the very long ppd in "The Leaves are Fading"


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