Introduction – Reading a Facebook entry earlier today pertaining to the Atenas, Costa Rica, (Gentle)Men’s Club. Someone mentioned that one of the prefered activities of that organization is the ballet. Really? I thought, and the following ensued.
Set – A river bank in the southwest of France, decorated with the usual ancient SW Frenchy stone houses, an Abby’s pine-cone shaped church tower, Gallo-Roman wall ruins, and winter-trim plane trees.
Scenery, general – A quiet night, still, no wind movement in foliage or other props. Spotlights: green, pale orange and foggy white, both diffuse through tree tops and utilizing the street lighting in the background.
Scenery, highlight – Dramatic emphasis of stage foreground, including non-moving main character and principal dancers.
Scenery, special effects – reflective surface simulating a river in the front section of the stage, extending the full length from stage left to stage right.
Main character – Germanicus, a Gallo-Roman stone arch of Crazanne limestone. This is a non-moving character, who, owing to his catalytic presence receives top level Equity rates, akin to a speaking role.
Principal dancers – Triptych of bulldozers, mainly yellow & green in character and always moving in synchrony, if not harmony. They share a non-speaking-role Equity salary between them.
Applause!! Balanchine would’ve been proud …