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The first rehearsal from Alekseev caused a lot of hilarity here in the press centre, but both the reactions ánd the performance may have been a bit over the top.
Alekseev, wearing a white shirt with some nice cuts and a dark pants (very nice if you ask me), stands on a round platform (that will rise later on in the performance). As the camera goes down from his face, we see he is having a rose in his hand which is then picked up by the camera and given to a female dancer in red who seems to appear out of nowhere. Then the dancer shoots the rose in his hand with a bow, roses come from everywhere..
Then at the end he turns around and his back is revealed, turns out his white shirt is not a full shirt, instead his back is covered in red, not sure if it is supposed be roses or blood, it looks like the latter which could absolutely scare people off.
I feel there are going to be a lot of plays on a verse that starts with "Roses are red..."