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Roof leaks almost ruins Prague Ballet, Santo Domingo performance

The long months of drought may have been the reason why the National Theater management did not come through with needed roof reparations in time. But on Saturday, 23 August 2014 the audience at the Prague Ballet performance was shocked to find that the drenching rain outside was affecting the show.

The members of the audience were surprised to see protective covering on the stage. Many thought it was part of the scenery. But when theater staff brought mops onstage, it became apparent there was a big problem. It was raining inside.

Addressing the audience, ballet promoter Cesar Suarez apologized but at the same time blamed theater director Nini Caffaro for the situation. Caffaro says the theater is due for remodeling. Suarez called on his boss, Minister of Culture Jose Antonio Rodriguez to denounce the situation.

The audience experienced embarrassment, the so-called “verguenza ajena.” The world famous Prague Ballet was about to perform and could not. First a team of maintenance staff with mops and towels took to the stage for an unusual performance.

The Ballet was forced to adapt its choreography in order to avoid the parts of the stage that could be wet as the downpour continued.

Despite the challenges, reviewers described the performance as excellent and memorable.

The National Theater was inaugurated on 16 August 1973, almost exactly 41 years ago.

Source: DR1,

Category: DR News |

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