Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Center Keeps the Bolshoi in Stitches

When the Bolshoi Ballet shipped its sets for Don Quixote to the Center, a large blanket used to toss Sancho Panza in the air by matadors and villagers in the first act was left behind in Russia. The ever-resourceful theater operations department and house crew quickly moved into action. Yards of canvas and netting were purchased. And the wardrobe department stitched the fabric and material together, and voilá – Sancho Panza, Don Quixote’s faithful companion, never missed a step – or a toss well above the heads of the cast members. The photo? Center crew member James Richartz steps in as Panza for a test toss. Click here to see a picture of Sancho Panza in mid-air during the Bolshoi's opening night performance here last week (LA Times review).

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