Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium, Edvard Grieg, Bali Reuss discussed on Selected Shorts
I was terrified awestruck endearing but terrified. I was all of about sixteen years of age awaiting, Mike, turn to audition before the great the aeneid must seen the world famous Bali Reuss on the stage of the Los Angeles philharmonic auditorium, where they were performing that huge house was empty. It was like looking into the face of some giant with his mouth wide open to devour me. Leeann need must same dancer, choreographer, and director of the company was sitting with his back to the audience on the apron of the stage with another gentleman seated to his left. Stage was linked all the work lights were on. So he could clearly view the additioning dancers. I did not bring point shoes. I was to dance in ballet slippers, a Nietzsche's dance by Edvard Grieg, which might teachers Charlotte tame and who taught me now among the audition IRS. I was especially very much alone. Neither teacher friend, nor anyone in my large family, was there with me. I was alone. Not only that, but as I looked about me, everyone was white how in the name of heaven, did I get in here? Your additional is about to begin must seen indicated to the person in charge of the auditioners that he was ready to see the first answer. It was an almost reverent silence. I looked up sightly behind me, and they're on the spiral staircase, which must have led to the upper dressing rooms stood. Members of the ballet russe some were dressed in street. Clothes to watch the auditioners dancers, watching dancers. I remember from the past vaudeville experience can sometimes be cruel. Very ready to precise. The least full several other dancers perform, then I was called. I remember a hush in the theater a silence, you would have cut with a knife. When I stepped forward with my little hand phonograph, and varying degrees, recording in my other hand, I stood before him. I remember his large beautiful dark eyes into gentle sadness about his face just, like I had seen him in his photographs. And I explained I did not have an as he said that was all right. And he indicated to the stage hand to attach my phonograph to an electrical outlet on stage. Charlotte tamen had choreographed this dance for me it begin with the hands of Neutra bound in chains in front of her below her waist. She finally breaks the chains imaginary, of course, and with their hands free. She abandons herself to the wonderful freedom of the dance. I forgot everything, but the dance I danced with all my heart, and I remember the burst of PLO is when I finished, I was so happy, I was stunned. I looked up and there were those ballerinas on the spiral staircase applauding and smiling down at me. I was over. Well, I smiled happily up. Muscian beckoned me as I came back to earth, and I came forward to the front of the stage where he sat and now down sitting back on my feet in front of him. And he smiled down on me. He said in his Russian accent. You're a very fine dancer. I said, I don't think I'm very strong yet for points or I performed for you in ballet shoes. No, no. He said, you are strong. You will make a fine character dancer, I put drain you. I knew what he meant because character dancing was his fourteen ballet, you start thought very seriously than looking into my upturn waiting is he stated in both the kindly and realistic matter? In order to train, you and take you into the company I would have to put you on stage with the ballet corps. I and performances. And you would have to. I would have to paint you white. He paused. You wouldn't want that. Would you. I look directly at him and said, no. We both understood I arose thanked him. Sincerely and left. I went to the dressing rooms and put on my street. Clothes after I collecting my phonograph recording. You only remember a very numb feeling in my heart and head. I was in a state of sleep walking. When I finally got into the open arrogant. I walked past the hill past the Moore theatre cross the street and sat down on the entrance. Steps leading to the Los Angeles public library. And I cried and cried and cried I could not stop crying. It was all I could do. When the tears were all gone. I cried myself dry, I caught a street car and went home. I remember none of my family's reaction to this affair, but on Dal's she was the one who put me up to this in the first place. I remember how she came to our house one day and said Janet, I see the valley Reuss in town performing, and they're holding auditions to take dancers in their company. Why don't you go on dishing? Auntie. I'm not good enough for that. I couldn't possibly do that. How will you know if you don't try I knew she was telling me the truth. So I did it. Well, how did the audition go? I told her everything in detail. Now that is marvelous. And this is only the beginning, you must strive to be as good as they are. You have the talent to be better. Now. You get right back to the bar on Monday and keep right on working on your dancing. You see the best recognized your gift. She was right. And Monday, I went back to the bar and I went back. Several days later, I had to go downtown, and I happen to be passing in front of the philharmonic, auditorium, and do my surprise. I saw Leonid Massine approaching in the opposite direction. He recognised me smiled and tipped his hat. I smiled, we turning his courtesy with a bow of my head, as we passed each other and went our separate ways. These are my most cherished memories of the aeneid must seem he will always have a very special place in my heart..