public forum
home forum magazine gallery links about faq courtesy
It is currently Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:42 pm

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 14 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2001 12:42 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Dec 12, 1999 12:01 am
Posts: 3663
Location: The Bronx is up; the Battery's down
<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>.

_________________
Jeffrey E. Salzberg,
Dance Lighting Design
http://www.jeffsalzberg.com


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2001 2:09 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2001 12:01 am
Posts: 39
It's nice to see the production aspects of a production so integral a part of the review


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2001 9:38 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 22, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 17498
Location: SF Bay Area
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.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2001 7:58 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 8612
Location: El Granada, CA, USA
I have to agree. Leave the scenery for opera and maybe modern.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2001 8:36 am 
How do you like the scenery usually used in the SAN JOSE BALLET Azlan???


Top
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2001 9:03 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Dec 12, 1999 12:01 am
Posts: 3663
Location: The Bronx is up; the Battery's down
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>

_________________
Jeffrey E. Salzberg,
Dance Lighting Design
http://www.jeffsalzberg.com


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2001 9:15 am 
THANKS JEFF.


Top
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:27 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 22, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 17498
Location: SF Bay Area
Angela, I have no problems with the scenery typically used at Ballet San Jose... ... ...


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2001 11:40 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 22, 1999 11:01 pm
Posts: 17498
Location: SF Bay Area
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.)


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2001 10:12 am 
Thanks Azlan-boy,I wonder how much all that can cost(SFB)???


Top
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2001 7:28 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2001 12:01 am
Posts: 126
Location: USA
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2001 9:00 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 8612
Location: El Granada, CA, USA
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.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2001 9:33 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2000 11:01 pm
Posts: 13071
Location: San Diego, California, USA
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.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Scenery is back
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2001 4:02 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 8612
Location: El Granada, CA, USA
An excellent point. After all, a costume that doesn't allow an opera singer to open her mouth would be unacceptable, wouldn't it?


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 14 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
The messages in this forum are posted by members of the general public and do not reflect the opinions or beliefs of CriticalDance or its staff.
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group