I love ballet...
Not to dance it myself. Not at all. OK, I did take ballet classes as a teenager but I lacked the talent, and the body, to become a dancer myself. Nor was it ever my ambition to become a dancer, never. Instead I am a fan of it. BIG time!!
When I lived in Sweden you could find me at the Royal Swedish Opera House in Stockholm several times a month!
I knew every single dancer in the Swedish Royal Ballet. My friends and I knew them all.
I think I’ve seen “Swan Lake” about 40 times in my life. I’ve seen all the five staples of the classical ballet several times:
I’ve seen them all, countless times, and it’s been a joy…EVERY SINGLE TIME!!
Unfortunately it’s been less of the ballet since I moved to the US. I really don’t know why because it’s not that we are lacking the arts here in the DC-area. Sure, I’ve been to the Kennedy Center several times and I’ve seen the American Ballet Theatre, Washington Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and San Francisco ballet a few times.
I love classical ballet more than any other form of art in the world. It is with the greatest excitement I watch a performance.
Now I own a numerous amounts of ballets on DVD’s and I watch them whenever I feel like indulging myself in the beauty it creates.
When living in Sweden, as I said, I knew how all the dancers looked, I knew of all their strengths and weaknesses’. I knew who the best ballerina was in Manon --(Anneli Alhanko), Giselle (Madeleine Onne), Swan Lake (Johanna Bjornson). I was an expert, and not only me, my three best friends were just as knowledgeable. IT was our number one interest!
And it never really left.
Eventually I’d found my favorite choreographers, like John Cranko and Kenneth McMillan.
I still think the ballet “Onegin” (Cranko) is the number one ballet in the world. That is by far my favorite ballet. And of all McMillan’s ballets I love “Manon” the most.
The classical ballet leads into the classical music, and thru the ballets I’ve learned to love classical music as well. Needless to say Tchaikovsky ranks high on my list, the same goes for Adolphe Adam (yes he composed more than just “Oh holy night”), Claude Massenet…The list goes on.
My favorite sit-back-enjoy-just-as-it-is-movie is “Center Stage”. I think that is one of the best movies about ballet ever. I can watch it anytime; I never get tired of it. It sorts of goes hand in hand with “Sex and the city” on my “always-the-best-list.”
What can I say, I am forever a ballet nerd, and I’ll always miss the Opera House in Stockholm! That building built my love for the fine arts. Oh, and opera? I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. I’ve seen quite a few of those, but they will never ever compete with the classical ballet…
So with this I wish you a very good Tuesday! I am about to embark on a nordic walk, despite the leg problems...wish me luck!