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Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby smulnik » Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:48 am

Hi all! Here are a few shots from the St. Louis Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet. The production was in early November, but I’m just now getting to post some as I play “catch up” on everything. (Sometimes life gets busy. :wink: ) I was cast as Lord Montague, so I had to take photos through the wings from backstage (as usual) while waiting for my entrances. The main stage set consisted of a dual stairway with a series of arches on either side. Ooofff! Shooting at moving targets from the wings and into the lights is always rough. And having those arches in the way too didn’t help matters at all. However there were a couple of times when they made for some interesting framing.

Hope you enjoy the photos. :)
Sig

One of our two Juliets (we had two casts) giving herself and extra “warm up” on stage before the dress rehearsal.
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View from the stairway.
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Most of the dancers are wearing masks in this scene. That's why their faces look a little odd. :D
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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby smulnik » Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:52 am

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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby smulnik » Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:55 am

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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby ValeryD » Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:46 pm

Great shots!
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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby aster » Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:54 pm

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Hi, Sig; :)

Love the shots from Romeo & Juliet. The arches served as good isolators of the dancers by providing dark framing for the exposers.

I love ballet, therefore these shots are most dear to me. :D And, you always do justice to your dancer friends, Lord Montague. :)
Photos of the theater's internal structure give a good scale of everything. I appreciate that you are also uploading architectural elements that make up the surroundings. (I love architecture too.)

Merry Christmas and happy Holidays to you and to everyone on the PhotoClubAlpha forum. :) Enjoy and don't forget to shoot photos and share!

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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby jbtaylor » Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:42 am

The intimacy of the shots in posts 2 and 3 are more meaningful to me. Doesn't make the wider shots in post 1 inferior though.
All in all, well done.
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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby smulnik » Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:20 am

Thanks Yildiz, Valery, & JT. Yes, I agree with all of your comments. I prefer the closer shots of the dancers too. I was indeed trying to provide some perspective by adding the shots of the entire stage.

Yildiz, I’m glad to hear that you love ballet. But you should not encourage me too much. I might start uploading hundreds (maybe thousands) of ballet photos in the topic threads. :P

Happy Holidays, Yildiz! Wesołych świąt, everybody!
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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby smulnik » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:14 am

A few more favorites from R&J, including the second cast.

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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby smulnik » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:20 am

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I was a little disappointed that his arm moved out of view, but in the wings I'll take what I can get.
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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby ValeryD » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:55 am

Great!
First one and last one not your lucky shot, but good too.
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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby aster » Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:14 am

Hi, Sig;

They are very nice actually. Photo shooting is about luck, hard work and a keen eye… :) You have a wonderful subject for luck, and you tried hard with a fine eye to get the good shots but there's bound to be lovely yet not so good results.
There's some good drama and acting in these shots as well as dancing and neat costumes.

Thanks for sharing,
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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby sury » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:27 am

Fantastic effort Sig. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby david antony » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:13 am

Spectacular photos Sig
Excellent sets, costume and superb Ballet.

I did visit Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Site.
and watched the samples.

https://www.stlouisballet.org/videos Wonderful

Many thanks for sharing.

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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby aster » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:55 am

david antony wrote:Spectacular photos Sig
Excellent sets, costume and superb Ballet.

I did visit Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Site.
and watched the samples.

https://www.stlouisballet.org/videos Wonderful

Many thanks for sharing.



What a lovely set of videos and website ! :D
Thanks for sharing, David Antony. They do dance so beautifully...

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Re: Romeo & Juliet

Unread postby smulnik » Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:15 am

Thanks everyone!
And thanks, David, for checking out the St. Louis Ballet videos and sharing the link.
The few of us older dancers that are still around are very proud of the younger dancers. Over the years, the company has grown a lot, and continues to grow more than any of us could have ever imagined. I feel very fortunate whenever I get to be on stage with them.

Here are several shots of us older guys sitting around in the dressing room. This happens a lot between shows, so I often just play around with my camera. The 3 of us (and a couple of others) have been on stage together for more than two decades, so we often reminisce about the “old days”.

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Friar Lawrence… flushing his eyes with contact solution.
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Lord Montague.
Rather than gluing on a fake beard for the show, I spent 3 months growing a real one. I colored it using white cake makeup foundation, and a large black eyebrow pencil. When I first started growing the beard, I was hoping that everyone would think that I looked like Thor, but no, they only thought that I looked really really really old, so I shaved it off as soon as the last show was over. :lol:
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