Agujetas teatrales

Cualquier bailarín teme los primeros días de ensayo de la temporada; hagas lo que hagas -y eso que los profesionales empiezan a tomar clases al menos una semana antes de incorporarse a su puesto de trabajo- el tercer día es temible. A partir de ahí ya es todo más fácil y cuando te quieres dar cuenta, ni te acuerdas de que hubo algo llamado vacaciones.

Los teatros, por lo visto, necesitan prepararse con mayor antelación. Acabo de descrubrir que el Teatro Mariinsky de San Petersburgo ha invertido varias semanas en volver a la actividad; no vaya a ser que el público irrumpa en la sala y nos pille con los pasillos sin barrer. Ese mágico microcosmos dorado y esmeralda no se merece pasar un tercer día lleno de agujetas, pensarán los responsables, y hay tanta cortina que planchar y tanta lucecita de reponer… que no nos pille el toro, pordios. Me encantan estas imágenes, qué indiscretas.

Any dancer is afraid of the first days of work, after vacation. No matter what you do – and professional dancers begin to take class at least one week before getting back to work- the third day is the most terrible. From that point everything will be easier, and soon you won’t even remember that there was something called vacation.

Also theaters, apparently, need to be prepared in advance. I’ve just found out that the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg spent several weeks to get ready before the new season, so the audience wouldn’t come into the room, getting into our dirty corridors. That magical, gold and emerald-green microcosm does not deserve a third “stiff” day of work, people in charge might think, and there’re so many curtains to be ironed, and so many little lights to be replaced… we can’t lose any time. I love these images, they’re so indiscreet. 

* Photos auditorium, chandelier, rehearsal stage and main stage © Mariinsky Theatre, 2012.

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