More from Performance. The ballet tradition at the Metropolitan Opera by Elaine Machleder. Culture Galleries. Address all correspondence to: Tuesday 18 June
Gene Kelly lived up to his reputation as a a taskmaster, reducing Debbie Reynolds to tears at one point.
Despite her admission that she needed the pressure to develop the necessary discipline, the two never had a chance to work together again. We used that idea, traveling until the end where I run up one wall, do a back somersault, run up another wall, do a back somersault and go through a third wall. Do you see any dancers of that ilk coming up in movies?
Gene Kelly was a taskmaster with Debbie Reynoldswho had never danced to this degree before rehearsals started.