There are times when you must wish that more ballet designers would stick to the "k.i.s.s" (keep it simple, stupid!) principle. Following a performance of ENB's Sleeping Beauty in which the bed mechanism didn't work (for those who haven't see the production, the bed is rather Easter egg-shaped, with the top half of the "shell" being formed by silvery branches enclosing the ballerina, which are supposed to spring open at the appropriate moment so that the Prince can kiss her. You guessed it: they remained resolutely shut), and the prince had to resort to kissing his hand and inserting it between the branches so that he could put it to Aurora's lips in order to wake her, and then had to pull the branches apart physically so that she could get out, I wondered if anyone else has any memories of amusing incidents where the machinery failed to work properly? (I think we can leave out the ROH teething troubles on reopening!).
1. "RE: Technological Failures"
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That was quite a moment, wasn't it? Eugene & I were sitting pretty close to that 'Faberge-Egg Bed' and it appeared that Tamara Rojo was in pain as she tried to squeeze herself through the metalic branches. A Ballet-Blooper, if ever there was one!
2. "RE: Technological Failures"
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I was more under the impression that she was just trying to shimmy out of there without snagging her tutu on the branches (and wondering how she was going to get down?), but then I was only sitting in the balcony, so expect you could see better.