"It has 28 girls in the corps. We had to have the right boy dancers and the soloists," he said. "It's a gigantic production."
"It's really more precise in its style than a 'Swan Lake,' " he added. The second act, in particular, requires perfect timing.
"It is so amazing and it needs to be done so well in sequence. There's not a lot of freedom in the artistry because you have to be so precise. In many ballets if you are off a little bit, it is OK. But in this one, the audience would know immediately."
In many ways, it was the responsibility of the artistic directors to explain the choreography to the dancers, he added.
"You have to understand the style; you have to tell them where the hands and the eyes — even where the eyelashes — should go," he said.
Pavlovich and Pauley are sharing as many resources as they can, including costumes and props. Larger props, including a huge Buddha and platforms, were not practical to transport and requirements from the theatrical companies that provided backdrops didn't allow them to share those.
In addition, he is sending some male dancers and some lead dancers for the Charleston Ballet production this weekend.
"She has an excellent vision," Pavlovich said of Pauley. "Her dancers are very young and they are very dedicated — she has a wonderful crew there."
Pavlovich added he is sad he cannot attend Pauley's production, because his dancers now have begun rehearsing for their own production of "Nutcracker."
"It's a wonderful treat for Charleston," he said.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.