I kept smiling as I watched the show and the choreography, just loved it! By the standing ovations at the premier, so did the rest of the audience. Even the singers, who are usually regrettably static on the stage, were dancing along with the dancers and the show was full of energy.
Now that I live in Tallinn, going to take photos in the theatre means a 2.5 hour drive to Tartu and then back to Tallinn at night. However, considering how warmly I am welcomed there, I am always so eager to visit the theatre again, whether I get paid for the photos or not. There are always hugs for me. Even though some of the people I only see couple of times a year while taking photos of them, it still always feels like I am a friend who is always welcome.
Occasionally I get to help out with random tasks. This time, while all the ballerinas were occupied preparing for the performance, I was asked to walk a dress on stage so that the lighting could be adjusted for the dress. Well, in fact I was asked to hold the dress and walk around on the stage with it, but would I give up such opportunity to shine on stage?! Of course not! I quickly pulled the dress over my head and proudly walked on the stage wearing the dress. Alright, along with the instructions of where to walk I also heard comments that I was wearing the tits on my back and I had no clue how the dress had to be worn, but I ignored the comments and I enjoyed my solo on the stage. Eventually my time on stage was brought to an end as I heard “Alright, alright, cool down Your excitement over the dress and stop running around” and shortly after that I had to give up the dress.
I don’t think, at least I don’t admit it consciously, that I like wearing dresses, but somehow I keep finding wearing a dress or a tutu while at the theatre.
Director-Choreographer, Costume and Set Design: Mare Tommingas
Choreography: Igor Barberic
Lighting Design: Tõnu Eimra, Mare Tommingas.
Photos by Ranno Rätsep from rehearasals on September 19th and 20th at Theatre Vanemuine, Tartu.
Official website of Moonlight Express