Choreographer Stanton Welch, John-Paul Idaszak and AboutFace's python.
A deadly snake plays a key role in La Bayadère, hissing from its basket to bite Nikiya, the beautiful rival of the villainess Gamzatti. Houston Ballet uses live snakes when they dance Stanton Welch’s production of the ballet, but that’s a no-go on Australian stages. Much as we love a live snake (the non-venomous kind, of course!) there are advantages to using puppets – apparently, the live ones don’t always feel like performing!
We are fortunate enough to have our La Bayadère snakes made by the talented folk at AboutFace, who were behind such pieces of alchemy as the pelicans for Sydney Theatre Company’s Storm Boy and the dogs in the Hairy Mclary stage show. AboutFace’s Annie Forbes and Tim Denton stopped off for a chat on their way to deliver the snakes to our wardrobe department. (more…)