02/02/2013

A night at the ballet: Onegin at the Royal Opera House

As a child and a teenager, I practiced ballet with a passion I've rarely had for any other art... I was at the ballet school three to six times every week, and nothing gave me more pride than a nod of approval from my ballet teacher about my posture or my pirouettes. I collected endless pairs of Sancha pointe shoes, and shell pink tights were a regular feature of my outfits...

I've never felt so passionate about any hobby since then, and have kept a special place in my heart for dance... Sadly this was never meant to be more than a very loved hobby, and my career was always going to be something less artistic, but this year, rather than just mourn the lost days of practicing sissones and deboules, I'm determined to go and watch more ballets, living vicariously through others the passion of art in movement.


I started the year with a beautiful rendition of Cranko's ballet based on Eugene Onegin, a novel by Alexander Pushkin set in romantic Russia, accompanied by the most magical music by Tchaikovsky. Of all the ballets I've ever watched, this is the one which strikes me as having the most romantic and passionate story, and the pas de deux scenes thread the story beautifully.


The ballet was exactly what I expected, and some more... and then there was the glorious setting of London's Royal Opera House, in my adopted city's West End. The building itself is quite impressive, with its classical auditorium and the adjacent glasshouse looking Paul Hamlyn Hall, where you can enjoy Champagne amongst other treats at the intervals. My friends and I were lucky to snatch a box, it felt rather luxurious and I got a feel of how it must have been to have your own box at the opera a couple of centuries ago...

You can still go to see Onegin until the end of next week, check out details about the ballet here: Onegin at the Royal Opera House.

4 comments:

leyla brookes said...

Well done!its such a beautiful creation!im jealous you managed to make an effort and go there!i keep planning and work gets always in the way of me getting in touch with my artistic side!love Onegin as a poem,a story and incredible ballet....

leyla brookes said...

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LittleS said...

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leyla brookes said...

Absolutely!i ll read it daily! U just keep posting and blogging!