Mayerling - Behined The Scenes

Mayerling - what a beautiful ballet. One of the real gems of the Royal Ballet's repertoire and a ballet and a role that I've always wanted to dance. I was lucky enough to be able to perform the role of Countess Larisch( as a debut ), considered the glue that holds the narrative together. Rudolph's lover, the woman who procures Mary Vetsera for him and the character that appears throughout the ballet, orchestrating proceedings. 

 As much as I enjoyed my performance on stage there was also a performance off stage - constant changing of costume, hair, jewellery and shoes. I was astounded at the amount of work that goes into the characterisation of these roles behind the scenes. The costumers, milliners, make-up artists and designers deserve real appreciation for their role in creating my role. 

 

Here's a glimpse into the off-stage performance. 

ACT ONE, A LIGHTER DRESS FOR THIS ACT. HAVE TO TAKE OFF LONG ELBOW GLOVES FOR THE PAS DE DEUX, AS THEY CAN AFFECT GRIPS WHILE PARTNERING. MY NECKLACE IS ALSO SEWN ONTO MY DRESS TO KEEP IT OUT OF MY PARTNERS FACE. 

ACT ONE, A LIGHTER DRESS FOR THIS ACT. HAVE TO TAKE OFF LONG ELBOW GLOVES FOR THE PAS DE DEUX, AS THEY CAN AFFECT GRIPS WHILE PARTNERING. MY NECKLACE IS ALSO SEWN ONTO MY DRESS TO KEEP IT OUT OF MY PARTNERS FACE. 

THIS WIG IS NOT THE MOST FLATTERING, BUT I KIND OF LOVE IT AS IT REALLY DOES PUT ME INTO MY ROLE - THE AMBITIOUS DESPERATE LADY THAT COUNTESS LARISCH IS. 

THIS WIG IS NOT THE MOST FLATTERING, BUT I KIND OF LOVE IT AS IT REALLY DOES PUT ME INTO MY ROLE - THE AMBITIOUS DESPERATE LADY THAT COUNTESS LARISCH IS. 

ACT TWO, CARD SCENE. GORGEOUS OPULENT COSTUME. A VERY IMPORTANT SCENE FOR THE STORY. QUITE HEAVY ON THE BUSTLE, SO HAVE TO TAKE EXTRA CARE WHILE MANOUVERING AROUND THE TABLE. 

ACT TWO, CARD SCENE. GORGEOUS OPULENT COSTUME. A VERY IMPORTANT SCENE FOR THE STORY. QUITE HEAVY ON THE BUSTLE, SO HAVE TO TAKE EXTRA CARE WHILE MANOUVERING AROUND THE TABLE. 

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THE HAT LOOKS BIG BUT IS ACTUALLY QUITE LIGHT, SO IT DOESNT AFFECT MY TURNS. ALSO, I CAN'T USE AS MANY HAIR PINS AS I'D LIKE AS THEY TAKE SO LONG TO GET OUT AND THERE'S NO TIME DURING THE QUICK-CHANGE. 

ACT TWO, HOFFBURG SCENE. MY FIRST QUICK CHANGE FROM CARD SCENE. AS I HAVE A VERY SHORT TIME TO DO THIS, I DO THIS QUICK CHANGE IN THE WINGS RIGHT BY STAGE. ITS TRICKY AS THERE ARE A LOT OF HOOKS AND BARS FOR THIS COSTUME TOO! 

ACT TWO, HOFFBURG SCENE. MY FIRST QUICK CHANGE FROM CARD SCENE. AS I HAVE A VERY SHORT TIME TO DO THIS, I DO THIS QUICK CHANGE IN THE WINGS RIGHT BY STAGE. ITS TRICKY AS THERE ARE A LOT OF HOOKS AND BARS FOR THIS COSTUME TOO! 

ACT THREE, SNOW SCENE. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS OUTFIT! IT DOES GET QUITE HOT IN THERE AND IS VERY HEAVY BUT IT'S ALL WORTH IT FOR THIS GLAMOUR!

ACT THREE, SNOW SCENE. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS OUTFIT! IT DOES GET QUITE HOT IN THERE AND IS VERY HEAVY BUT IT'S ALL WORTH IT FOR THIS GLAMOUR!

I HAVE TO DO A VERY QUICK CHANGE FROM SNOW SCENE TO BEDROOM SCENE. IN ABOUT 30 SECONDS I HAVE TO CHANGE MY HAT TO A HEADRESS, SWAP JEWELLERY AND OBVIOUSLY CHANGE OUTFIT. 

I HAVE TO DO A VERY QUICK CHANGE FROM SNOW SCENE TO BEDROOM SCENE. IN ABOUT 30 SECONDS I HAVE TO CHANGE MY HAT TO A HEADRESS, SWAP JEWELLERY AND OBVIOUSLY CHANGE OUTFIT. 

ACT THREE. BEDROOM SCENE. PERFECT DRESS TO FINISH WITH. LUCIOUS HEAVY VELVETS BUT LIGHT AS A FEATHER. 

ACT THREE. BEDROOM SCENE. PERFECT DRESS TO FINISH WITH. LUCIOUS HEAVY VELVETS BUT LIGHT AS A FEATHER. 

Missing The Pointe

When we are not dancing our hearts out in our pointe shoes (or in flatties as men) then we need good comfortable footwear. When walking between rehearsals, canteen visits, physiotherapy suite, costume fittings, Opera houses can be big. A dancer is very particular about their chosen shoe. Some like to keep the foot and ankle warm and go for a big boot style. Or a trainer to support the foot and it's alignment, or like me - have an array of footwear all dependent on the day !!!

ED IN HIS CLASSIC SLIPPERS. SUPER WARM, SUPER COMFY, VERY COOL.  www.amazon.co.uk

ED IN HIS CLASSIC SLIPPERS. SUPER WARM, SUPER COMFY, VERY COOL. 

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MAYARA WEARING TRAINERS WITH FANTASTIC BRIGHT AND WARM SOCKS  www.newbalance.co.uk

MAYARA WEARING TRAINERS WITH FANTASTIC BRIGHT AND WARM SOCKS

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YUHUI AND MARCIE HAVING FUN WITH THEIR BOOTS.

YUHUI'S STARRY BOOTS - www.uniqlo.com

MARCELINO'S DIP-DYE BOOTS - www.blochworld.com

LETTIE IN SOFT SLIPPERS    m.primark.com

LETTIE IN SOFT SLIPPERS  

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YUHUI IS GOING HARDCORE WITH HER SLIPPERS. WALKING WHILE RECEIVING REFLEXOLOGY !    www.amazon.co.uk

YUHUI IS GOING HARDCORE WITH HER SLIPPERS. WALKING WHILE RECEIVING REFLEXOLOGY !  

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LOVE AKANE'S CHOICE OF COLOURS WITH THESE GREAT TRAINERS.    www.newbalance.co.uk

LOVE AKANE'S CHOICE OF COLOURS WITH THESE GREAT TRAINERS.  

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I LOVE MY NIKE AIRS AS NOT ONLY ARE THEY VERY SUPPORTIVE BUT ALSO HAVE A SLIGHT HEEL RAISE WHICH IS GREAT IF I HAVE TIGHT CALVES.   m.nike.com

I LOVE MY NIKE AIRS AS NOT ONLY ARE THEY VERY SUPPORTIVE BUT ALSO HAVE A SLIGHT HEEL RAISE WHICH IS GREAT IF I HAVE TIGHT CALVES. 

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HAYLEY GOING FOR A GOOD SUPORTIVE TRAINER. 

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SARAH KEEPING HER TOOTSIES WARM IN THESE CLASSIC BOOTIES.    www.blochworld.com

SARAH KEEPING HER TOOTSIES WARM IN THESE CLASSIC BOOTIES.  

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WHEN I WANT A BIT OF LUXURY, THESE SLIPPERS TICK THE BOX !

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DEMELZA WEARING THOSE BALLET BOOTS AGAIN.   www.blochworld.com

DEMELZA WEARING THOSE BALLET BOOTS AGAIN. 

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LARA GIVING HER TOES SOME AIR IN HER FLIP FLOPS.  

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MY SLIPPERS LIKE YUHUIS COME WITH A LITTLE MASSAGE ON EACH WALK. I WEAR THEM WHEN MY FEET ARE VERY TIGHT. I BOUGHT THEM YEARS AGO IN JAPAN, SO SADLY CANT REMEMBER WHAT STORE I BOUGHT THEM FROM ! 

MY SLIPPERS LIKE YUHUIS COME WITH A LITTLE MASSAGE ON EACH WALK. I WEAR THEM WHEN MY FEET ARE VERY TIGHT. I BOUGHT THEM YEARS AGO IN JAPAN, SO SADLY CANT REMEMBER WHAT STORE I BOUGHT THEM FROM ! 

MATTS TRAINERS ARE COMFORTABLE, YET VERY COOL.   m.nike.com

MATTS TRAINERS ARE COMFORTABLE, YET VERY COOL. 

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MEG GOING DOWN THE UGG ROUTE ! SHE ALSO HAS A PAIR IN BLACK.

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LOVE THESE GREY TRAINERS FROM ANNETTE !   m.nike.com

LOVE THESE GREY TRAINERS FROM ANNETTE ! 

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GEM GIVING HER POOR FEET SOME AIR AFTER A HARD SHOW!  www.matalan.co.uk

GEM GIVING HER POOR FEET SOME AIR AFTER A HARD SHOW!

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Floral Springs

 Spring is most certainly in the air and it's showing in the studio. Leotards, skirts and  bags, florals have hit ballet-wear big time ! I think it's fresh and pretty and really lightens the mood in the studio ! Try it out !

Mariko Skirt - www.chacott-jp.com

Mariko

Skirt - www.chacott-jp.com

Gina  Skirt -  www.movedancewear.com 

Gina 

Skirt -  www.movedancewear.com 

Marcy Jumper -  m.hm.com

Marcy

Jumper -  m.hm.com

Camille   Skirt - www.movedancewear.com

Camille  

Skirt - www.movedancewear.com

Mica Leotard - www.etsy.com - Lonereeds

Mica

Leotard - www.etsy.com - Lonereeds

Ashley Leotard - www.elevedancewear.com Bag - From Tokyo, Japan

Ashley

Leotard - www.elevedancewear.com

Bag - From Tokyo, Japan

Grace Skirt -  Sharon Scott

Grace

Skirt -  Sharon Scott

Olivia Skirt - Specially made from Tokyo, Japan.  Top - m.hm.com

Olivia

Skirt - Specially made from Tokyo, Japan. 

Top - m.hm.com

Julia Leotard -  www.elevedancewear.com

Julia

Leotard -  www.elevedancewear.com

And then there's these two in pretty pastel colours, if florals aren't your thing !  

Helen and Emma- Jane 

Helen and Emma- Jane 

Red Nose Day 🔴

It's Red Nose Day don't you know !! I noticed a lot of red ballet wear in the studios today. A simple and effective way to show your support for this very special charity. If you haven't donated already here is the link .,,

https://secure.donate.comicrelief.com/?gclid=CJuGv8_b79ICFcQp0wod_wkBlw 🔴

NATS

NATS

LIV

LIV

HIKARU

HIKARU

VAL

VAL

LAUREN

LAUREN

ESTELLE

ESTELLE

LETTIE

LETTIE

BEN

BEN

FERNANDO AND DAVID

FERNANDO AND DAVID

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LARA AND NATS

THE ULTIMATE BALLET WEAR FOR TODAY, FROM BALLET MASTER- CHRIS !  

THE ULTIMATE BALLET WEAR FOR TODAY, FROM BALLET MASTER- CHRIS !  

Sleeping Beauty Headdress

 Here's a closer look at the gorgeous headdresses from ballet 'The Sleeping Beauty'. They are pretty, feminine and fabulous ! 

Yuhui - Aurora act 1

Yuhui - Aurora act 1

Yuhui- Aurora Act 2

Yuhui- Aurora Act 2

Tina - Countess  

Tina - Countess  

Yas - Floristan  

Yas - Floristan  

Ro - Red Riding Hood

Ro - Red Riding Hood

Kristen - act 1

Kristen - act 1

Chi - lilac fairy assistant  

Chi - lilac fairy assistant  

Me - Aurora friend  

Me - Aurora friend  

Claire - Lilac Fairy  

Claire - Lilac Fairy  

Julia - Knitting Woman

Julia - Knitting Woman

Camille - Garland lady  

Camille - Garland lady  

Akane - Enchanted Garden Fairy  

Akane - Enchanted Garden Fairy