Yesterday we picked up last minute seats for the National Ballet of Canada
, and were lucky enough to get the front circle center box!! I had not read a review of this programme (we get Canada's national newspaper The Globe and Mail, the dance critic is so appalling I refuse to read the columns) so I was thrilled to see Russian Seasons, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky
who had been up to Toronto to rehearse. My goodness, the performance was hotter than July.
, (Balanchine at his best, in my opinion) was beautifully performed. Zdenek Konvalina was a boyish Appolo
.The National, in its wisdom has removed the pictures from its website today so I have to give you a photo of Carlos Acosta
, whom I saw in the role in Manchester a couple of years back. I never mind seeing a good ballet several times, dancers always bring their own interpretation and view of the work. I also saw this work at Covent Garden many decades ago, Darcy Bussell danced.
Balanchine's 'Theme and Variations' rounded out the afternoon.
One of the times I feel lucky to be living here, we had a super afternoon.
Always difficult to know what to wear to a matinée. I think it shows respect for the performers to make some kind of an effort. Yesterday there was a mix of grubby, sloppy jeans and sparkly, bare, cocktail dresses.
I wore my old gray flannel suit
with the vintage mop buttons. If I were 22 and 40lbs lighter this simple but elegant little number in gold tweed might have worked. It can be made to order from Melissa Tabor on Etsy.