Swan Lake, the Ballet

Thanks TPR for a lovely Christmas present! Last night, after a tiring day of badminton (at a justifiably crazy time of 7am) and climbing, TPR and I capped off the evening with a beautiful production of Swan Lake, the Ballet, by the Singapore Dance Theater. The stage drop was sumptuous and detailed; Tchaikovsky’s scores were lovely as usual – though we would have enjoyed it a ton more if we had a real orchestra instead of a recording. While the dancing from the rest of the company was somewhat uneven, and even disorderly at times, the principal dancers – Siegfried, Odette – were brilliant. They looked so amazingly light and graceful on their feet, and their pirouettes tightly executed. Such fun; all my sleepiness quite simply disappeared (which is more than I could say for the two little girls sitting beside and in front of me).

Two things – irrelevant to the ballet – struck me while watching the performance, that is the morals taught to little kids growing up:
1. It is a duty to marry
2. Men fall in love at first sight and live happily ever after with beautiful women (the most beautiful in the world, necessarily). It doesn’t matter that they have never talked before, that they have just laid eyes on the other, but a single glance is enough to convince them the the other is the love of their life

Anyway, here’s the original 1981 cartoon of Swan Lake, on Youtube!

Once again, thanks for the fun evening TPR!

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One thought on “Swan Lake, the Ballet

  1. >> 2. Men fall in love at first sight and live happily ever after with beautiful women (the most beautiful in the world, necessarily). It doesn’t matter that they have never talked before, that they have just laid eyes on the other, but a single glance is enough to convince them the the other is the love of their life

    Haha… Why you think it’s a fairy tale? In reality, they realised that there exists a gap in communications, with no common interests (one likes riding white horses, the other sings to the birds). Then they finally go through a bitter divorce after many years of unhappy marriage. There’s the customary custody battle, leading to mal-adjusted children and a life of costly alimony, regret and baggage. 😛

    Best to stick to fairy tales / cartoons…

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