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Ballet @ большой - "вечер американской хореографии" [Feb. 14th, 2007|01:17 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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If I've ever hated on the ballet, my sincere apologies. Consider me a convert. I went tonight, for the first time, and was truly surprised... quite cool. Between the music from the pit (<3 strings), the girls, and the fun patterns everywhere (both musically and visually), what's not to love? :-)

There were three acts from different time periods (or so I'm told), and I loved the 1st and 3rd (old and modern). The one that was from the 1940's or 1950's or whatever I wasn't a huge fan of, but even it wasn't half bad.

I still think the opera still sounds whack, but perhaps I should give it at least one chance now, in retrospect.

From: erinearl
2007-02-13 11:15 pm (UTC)
We're going to watch the ballet here in SF pretty soon... interested?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-02-14 08:10 am (UTC)
Sure. Although see Artur's comment below. :-)
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[User Picture]From: dolboeb
2007-02-13 11:27 pm (UTC)
There is a painless way to try opera.
Some of them had been made into movies, which you can watch on DVD, without having to sit through one extra minute in case you feel you've had your share of opera.
Just try this one:
Else, watch Amadeus, it has wonderful pieces of Mozart operas embedded:
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[User Picture]From: phil
2007-02-14 12:25 am (UTC)

Ballet? Woo-hoo!

Marjorie, please. I enjoy all the meats of our cultural stew.

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[User Picture]From: avatraxiom
2007-02-14 01:44 am (UTC)
I have to say, I saw Samson et Dalila (by Saint-Saëns) at the San Francisco Opera a few years ago, and it was the most incredible theater experience of my life, pretty much. (Tied with Richard III in Ashland.)

So I was a convert, there.

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[User Picture]From: colin
2007-02-14 01:56 am (UTC)
opera is sick. have you ever read an opera plot synopsis? crap like the OC is pedestrian compared to a verdi opera.
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[User Picture]From: colin
2007-02-15 03:44 am (UTC)

You're missing out...

The truth is that, for every controversial PlayStation shocker — I’m thinking of teen-pleasing romps such as Carmageddon, Vice City and Grand Theft Auto — there’s an opera plot that’s twice as shocking. The gory frenzies of Strauss’s Elektra, for example, which finishes with two axe murders, a stage soaked in blood and a heroine who dances herself to death while her screaming sister looks on. Or there’s Berg’s expressionist masterpiece, Wozzeck, in which the depressive anti-hero is subjected to a variety of nasty experiments by his sinister employers before stabbing his wife and drowning himself in a delirious trance.
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2007-02-14 03:06 am (UTC)
just to be clear, ballet in any eastern european country is uncomparable to any other ballet, they know how to push their bodies to positions the unions in the western world have forbiden for quite long time

but when it is really good, it is really is awesome
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-02-14 08:10 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: shaltai_boltai
2007-02-14 03:07 pm (UTC)
i'm very glad you liked it :)

do you want to see someething else next week? :)
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