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Author:  salzberg [ Sat May 12, 2001 12:42 pm ]
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Scenery is back, or so the New York City Ballet declared with a vengeance on Thursday night when it presented these two premieres at its spring gala at the New York State Theater.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Read more <A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/12/arts/12WHEE.html" TARGET=_blank>here</A>.

Author:  Elaine [ Mon May 14, 2001 2:09 pm ]
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It's nice to see the production aspects of a production so integral a part of the review

Author:  Azlan [ Mon Jul 16, 2001 9:38 pm ]
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I have to say, after seeing Sylvie Guillem's "Giselle," I am not sure scenery and props are all that great in dance. They get in the way and break the flow of movement. The more scenery and props you have the more staging issues you need to resolve.

Author:  LMCtech [ Wed Jul 18, 2001 7:58 am ]
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I have to agree. Leave the scenery for opera and maybe modern.

Author:  angela [ Wed Jul 18, 2001 8:36 am ]
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How do you like the scenery usually used in the SAN JOSE BALLET Azlan???

Author:  salzberg [ Wed Jul 18, 2001 9:03 am ]
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As with everything else, it depends on the individual work; <I>Les Sylphides</I> would not benefit from massive scenery, while <I>Coppelia</I> would be appalling without it.<P>------------------<BR>Jeffrey E. Salzberg, Lighting Designer<BR>"Shang-a-lang, feel the <I>sturm und drang</I> in the air!"<BR>Online portfolio: <A HREF="http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg" TARGET=_blank>http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg</A> <P><BR>

Author:  angela [ Wed Jul 18, 2001 9:15 am ]
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THANKS JEFF.

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:27 pm ]
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Angela, I have no problems with the scenery typically used at Ballet San Jose... ... ...

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:40 pm ]
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However, let me add that I am constantly amazed by the quality of the scenery, sets and props used by SFB in story ballets. Really incredible stuff. Majestic columns. Gushing fountains. Elegant chandeliers. Ornate balustrades. And imagine all this in a Cinderella of a building, with its own regal decor.<P>I remember seeing NYCB's "Sleeping Beauty" right after seeing SFB's and was quite underwhelmed -- especially by the limp fountains that I thought looked more like birdbaths. (Note: I was however completely in awe of NYCB's dancing and choreography... just in case I get any, um, friendly emails.)

Author:  angela [ Mon Jul 23, 2001 10:12 am ]
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Thanks Azlan-boy,I wonder how much all that can cost(SFB)???

Author:  Sissonne [ Fri Jul 27, 2001 7:28 am ]
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I have to agree that it depends on the piece. The Balanchine Serenade is lovely with just the lighting, but when I saw the Stuttgart's Eugene Onegin last year, I found the backdrops stunningly beautiful and integral to the story.

Author:  LMCtech [ Fri Jul 27, 2001 9:00 am ]
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Well that makes sense. I wouldn't want to see sets in Agon but wouldn't want to see Romeo & Juliet without them. Once again it depends on the piece. But any ballet piece shouldn't have a set that overwhelms the dancing.

Author:  Basheva [ Fri Jul 27, 2001 9:33 am ]
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I agree that the sets/scenery should not overwhelm the dancing, but I would also add not impede the dancing.<P>I felt this is what happened to Sylvie Guillem's Giselle in the first act. The rotating wall bisected the stage and therefore halved the dance space. Because of that there was very little depth - the dancers all had to move on a single plane.<P>Or so it seemed to me.

Author:  LMCtech [ Fri Jul 27, 2001 4:02 pm ]
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An excellent point. After all, a costume that doesn't allow an opera singer to open her mouth would be unacceptable, wouldn't it?

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