“Dancing is an art. The floor is my canvas and I am the brush and whatever I create comes from the heart”.
To me, ballet is like a day dream, where the music takes you to a sweet escape and for one moment you belong to the story and everything falls in its right place. There is no need to speak, to explain, you just feel it and your imagination does the rest.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend to one of the most famous ballet : Swan Lake! Luckily a friend of mine managed to get me a ticket to the dress rehearsal at the Adelaide festival centre by the Torrens river and I really enjoyed this moment.
I swear I could see the swans on the stage, the way they move, they were so real. The main ballerina was so gracious and really into her character : sweet and fragile as a white swan and her doppelgänger charming and confident as a black swan. The music was so touching, melancholic… and the end so sad… but we all already knew that, didn’t we ?!
As it was a dress rehearsal, it was also interesting because I could see how they improve the settings, adjust the lights, how the dancers adapt and sometimes request to repeat a particular moment. When you see a ballet, the dancers make it so easy that it feels so natural that sometimes you forget all the work, commitment, dedication and hard training to complete the perfect choreography.
What can be said about a classic like Swan Lake that hasn’t already been said! Some critics would say that the storyline lacks of originality but to me, if I should say in just one sentence how I felt about it, I would say:
Sweet and Bitter as Love can be sometimes…
2 thoughts on “When Swan Lake meets the Torrens river”
Beautiful! My favorite variation is the Pas de Quatre.
Rehearsal (Pacific Northwest)
Performance (Marinsky; notice soft, quiet pointe shoes)
The Black Swan’s Feet
Preparing pointe shoes for performance
Thank you so much my dear Teresa! I am sure readers will appreciate your comment as much as I did 🙂
I love ballet too but it is such a hard discipline and the body is pushed to its extreme limits to make people dream and believe it is as easy as breathing.