Dick Posted June 21, 2004 Report Share Posted June 21, 2004 It was recital day for my school last saturday; globally, it was a success with a large suportive crowd who apreciated the performances and a good show. Unfortunatly, it was not a champagne moment for me. My first variation was one of Von Rothbart's in Swan lake. This one has a fast tempo (at least for me), and starts and ends up with two series of pirouettes jambe tendue, the first one en dedans and the finishing one en dehors. Well, during pre-recital warmup, while rehearsing the variation, I tripped and fell on the floor. First time this has ever hapened to me even in classes. To regain confidence, I immediatly reacted by doing the variation twice in a row, with perfect timing on the music and fairly good spotting in the pirouettes which is critical in this variation if one doesn't want to end up completly dizy. But I have little stage experience in ballet so I could not patch the damage done on my self confidence. I had the fall in mind when I entered the stage, and I was very nervous; so I entered it with a defensive attitude which is, I guess, what one must not do. I fell behind the tempo, and then tried to catch up on it with the end result that I messed the variation a little. What a deception this has been... We had cancelled the Gisele variations I was supposed to dance with my partner because of her pulling out of it at the last moment, so I only had left the final adagio of The legend of love to do, which was the closing number of the recital. I managed to compose myself during the break, and did all right in the adagio. Needless to say, I am very disapointed with this result. I guess what I have to do now is learn all I can from this experience, amongst other things, to remain prefectly focused and concentrated even in pre-recital warmups, and get back to work. And if possible, get my teacher to put the very same variation in our comming Christmas recital "et en faire un malheur"; this is, of course, if she still want's me in her recitals; she has her own pride. Dick Quote Link to comment
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