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Dress Rehearsal of Ballet

Saint-Petersbug, Russia

November 22, 2007 - 16:12 UTC (19:12 local time)

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November 22, 2007. Today young dancers of school "Metamorphoses" perform dress rehearsal of ballet "Dance Life". Music of Lars Hollmer is used for sound accompaniment, that is why accordion is participant of the ballet.

Dance and mime school "Metamorphoses" was opened in 1991. The school joins together boys and girls of different ages - from 8 to 16. Every morning they go to public schools in different districts of Saint-Petersburg, but some evenings per week they spend in school "Metamorphoses".

In addition to subjects of common ballet scholl (such as classical dance, russian dance, traditional national dance) teenagers study here contempopary dance, scenic speech, elements of acting technique and take part in psyhological training. School graduates often visit their school to take part in performances or to conduct lessons for novices as teachers.

Tomorrow head of the school Elena Fedorova will open evening staying before closed curtain by the next words: "Maurice Béjart, the greatest choreographer, our common teacher, died yesterday. We would like to devote our performance to his memory".

Additional Captions: Caption in Russian - Генеральная репетиция балета ▼ Behind the scene : how this panorama was made ▼

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Europe / Russia-Urals West

Lat: 59° 55' 54.48" N
Long: 30° 20' 23.28" E

Elevation: 0

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Precision is: Low. Intentionally hazy, due to privacy concerns.


Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Pentax SMC P-DA Fish-Eye 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED (IF)
Head: Manfrotto 303SPH
Tripod: Manfrotto 190XB
Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 CE, PTGui 7.3 by New House Internet Services B.V. (dated by October 2, 2007), MinGW version of PanoTools library 2.8.0 (dated by November 24, 2005) from Jim Watters' PanoTools site, Pano2QTVR version 1.6.6 pro flash by Thomas Rausher.

Caption in Russian - Генеральная репетиция балета

22 ноября 2007 года. Сегодня участники студии "Метаморфозы" проводят генеральную репетицию балета "Dance Life". Балет поставлен на музыку Ларса Холлмера, поэтому один из участников балета - аккордеон.

Студия танца и пластики "Метаморфозы" была открыта в 1991 году. Школа объединяет юношей и девушек разных возрастов - от 8 до 16. Утром они идут на уроки в обычные школы в разных районах Санкт-Петербурга, а несколько вечеров в неделю проводят в студии.

Кроме предметов обычной балетной школы (таких, как классический танец, русский танец, народный танец) подростки совершенствуются в современном танце, сценической речи, актерском мастерстве, участвуют в психологических занятиях. Выпускники студии часто посещают родную студию: участвуют в выступлениях или, становясь педагогами, передают свой опыт новичкам.

Завтра руководитель студии Елена Михайловна Федорова, стоя перед опущенным занавесом, откроет вечер следующими словами : "Вчера умер величайший хореограф, наш общий учитель Морис Бежар. Мы хотим посвятить свое выступление его памяти".

Behind the scene : how this panorama was made

It was such lucky moment when You feel yourself like "fly on the wall". But the payment for the moment was loss of ability to use bracketing during photo shooting. Sensitivity was ISO 800, exposure time was 1/10 second, shutter is open as wide as possible (f/3.5). I made 4 series of 8 shots (6+1+1) from the different points of concert hall.

The most dangerous place was near loudspeakers on stage where tripod and camera were ready to jump (or dance) according to music. I feel that this panorama is the most complete and dynamic despite of some overexposure.

Immediately after I finished shooting the scene, dancer awaiting his turn asked me to shot and to see how photos look like. I was unable to reject his wish.
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