Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維 (webcowgirl) wrote,
Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維

Summer London ballet extravaganza!

I've been doing lots and lots of writing on my blog lately as I've been seeing all sorts of ballet. The Mikhailovsky was in town for two weeks, and I saw their Swan Lake, Cipollino, "Mixed Rep" and Laurencia; now I've moved on to the Bolshoi (who had a week overlap with the Mikhailovsky). The Bolshoi isn't doing nearly as innovative programming but they compensate with tremendous dancers; the performance of Giselle I saw on Monday - well, the dancing of the character Giselle - was truly amazing. It got me all motivated to go and see Le Corsaire on Tuesday so I could see that Natalia Osipova girl again. What a star! I'm also seeing Spartacus (one of the most hilarious, over the top ballets ever - slaves and crucifixions and orgies, oh my!), on Saturday, while tomorrow I'm planning on seeing the Bolshoi's mixed bill, featuring Petrushka, the ballet about the fucked up puppet.

So yeah, I've been writing reviews like mad, and I haven't even been able to link to them here because, er, I've been going out too much to do any of my diary blogging. Last night I saw yet ANOTHER ballet, one that wasn't even the Bolshoi or the Mikhailovsky: it was the new production by Carlos Acosta, my "dancer of Great Note" since I've been here (and a show I was able to drag mabel_morgan to, to my pleasure). I'm sort of sad to say that I hated the show, but my anger at the money I wasted on my tickets is being tempered by the fantastic traffic it's bringing to my theater reviews blog. Until today, my busiest day had been Tuesday, May 25, 2010, when I had 493 visitors; when I checked an hour ago, my blog was already at 464 for the day. And THAT is something worth being happy about - it certainly justifies the effort I made to get my review up before I went to bed.

Meanwhile tonight I'm off to Above the Stag to see "Blink! Twice," a production of great songs from forgotten musicals. I saw their previous show "Blink! And you missed it" and loved it, so I have high hopes for this show (though I know I'd enjoy it more if I had someone to go see with me). Seriously, though, I have been burning the candle at both ends for the last two months and I need to slow down; hopefully an extra round of Pilates next month will help get me to normal levels as the candle has been getting rather short.

Oh yeah, I had a great visit with my uncle in Munich last weekend. He's been really depressed most of the last yeaer; hopefully I can tempt him out of his shell and convince him to spend some more time with me next year, and maybe get him to do some travelling with me.
Tags: ballet, carlos acosta, reviews, theater blogging
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