~ The Ballet ~
Since I was little, I’ve loved the ballet. The gorgeous shoes, the pointed toes, the elegance of the ballerinas, and, of course, the gorgeous tutus. My mom even enrolled my sister and I in ballet classes when we were younger (zero. talent.), and we would collect ballet clippings out of the newspaper or programs, and glue them into big books.
Well, today I was lucky enough to head to The National Ballet of Canada’s Swan Lake performance. It’s running from March 8 - 16 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. (That totally sounds like I’m trying to sell this, but it’s wonderful, so if you can go - go!).
Out of all the versions of Swan Lake I’ve seen, I think this was the darkest, and most visually beautiful. We applauded for ages (and ages) for the orchestra and dancers, but I wanted to give a standing O to the set folks, because whoa - the scenery was perfect.
That being said, I was mesmerized for nearly three hours by the ballerinas. The costumes were *spectacular* and the act where the Swan Queen turns 32 times (no idea what it’s technically called) made me gasp with happiness - she was truly, so, so beautiful. The main male lead (Prince Siegfried’s) tights looked like they were painted on - oh, the muscle, my gawwwd the muscle (and buns).
And if you’re still reading this ballet post, my favourite part was at the very end when the Swan Queen (Odette) mourns Prince Siegfried’s death - I really felt her sadness and devastation through her dancing. Absolutely amazing!! (And, of course, the cygnet’s dance (this! watch watch watch) was incredible too!
During intermission I lined up with the other 8 or 9 year olds (awkward) and asked for a photo. Up close and in person the ballerinas were just as pretty as I imagined, and everything they did or touched, seemed so elegant and lovely.
Oh! And my mom just emailed me this photo of my sister and I doing ballet in South Africa. That must have been before I discovered cheese :)
(Note: bottom photo above is from the National Ballet’s site!)