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A good, if short, evening with Jerome Robbins

Last night while shadowdaddy was in his French class, wechsler and I headed to the Royal Opera House to see Jerome Robbin's "Dances at a Gathering." Both of us were pretty worn out from a long day at work, but with 6 quid day seats, we thought we'd give it a go and just see the first part of the show (the second half, a Midsummer Night's Dream-based ballet by Frederick Ashton, just didn't interest me much). We met first for dinner at Inn Noodle, then walked over to Covent Garden in the lovely summer evening. Our inadvertent comedy was then provided by the ROH bag checkers, who must have loved digging through the dirty gym clothes I'd stuffed in my purse while searching for Bad Things. Yeah, there's your toxic agent, baby!

The ballet was lovely, full of the humor that I expect from Robbins, and the music, by Chopin, was a treat to listen to. While I expected Marianela Nunez (as "Pink") was going to be the be the star of the evening, it was in fact Tamara Rojo (as "Mauve") whose performance I enjoyed the most. In one scene, late in the ballet, three men, backs to the audience, are holding three women, facing forward, on their shoulders and Ms. Rojo's leg arched up just so, an absolutely perfect line the other women seemed a bit too tired to emulate.

Part of what I enjoy so much about Robbins is the way each dancer seems to have a personality and character - the dancers aren't bodies on stage, they are performers with relationships to each other. They flirt, they are shy, they show off, they challenge each other, they are irritated. Watching this show was so fun that I couldn't help compare it to some of the shows I'd seen earlier in the Linbury this year. It's probably not fair to compare the dancers of the Royal Ballet, performing choreography by Robbins, to about anything else, but, well, they were great and at the top of the pack, surely a standard by which to judge others. It was a good evening, though I was grateful to have decided to leave early as I was just plain worn out and wanted to get to bed before 11:30.

For the record, I made it to the gym yesterda, and got in 25 minutes. This was the highlight of the hours between 9 and 5:45 for me yesterday, sadly enough. Today I'm interviewing someone at 9:30, so I must trot off!
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