Ballet is timeless, wouldn’t you say? It stays the same yet evolves.
In this post, I said I would save this topic for a separate post, so here it is…
In March, my son and I attended the local professional ballet company, Ballet Pensacola, mixed repertoire production called “Timeless”. It was truly wonderful and I was so impressed with the dancers and the company.
I had just started back into ballet classes so I was really excited to go and see this. My only hitch was ticket cost, since I just started back into classes, I was pinching pennies. I was not sure I really could afford to go. I got lucky, and for once my lazy perusal of facebook paid off, as they advertised on there a buy-one-get-one-free ticket flash sale. Ballet boo-yah! I can afford it now!
So, I get down to the box office theater and they ask for a passcode. I was like whuuut? There was nothing about needing a code to purchase the tickets on their facebook page (I know because after I got home, I checked). So the girl gave me a hint and being a bunhead, I guessed it. I can’t remember the question but the answer was Swan Lake. I was so happy I got the tickets since it was the only way I could afford it.
Since my husband had to work, I took my seven year old son with me. He and I have “dates” where we dress nice and go out to lunch or dinner together and have special Mommy-son time. We’ve been doing this since he was about two years old and it’s one of our favorite things we do together. I thought this would make for a great “date” for us. He was excited to go and be in a “real” theater. I learned he was a little nervous there were going to be too many girls and not many boys though. He is at that age where it’s important for the boys to equal or out number the girls. LOL I wanted him to experience something more cultural and what a live performance is like. TV and YouTube can only go so far. Who knows, he may want to try ballet after seeing it? Yeah, nooo….
So, for our date, we dressed really nice for the ballet. He wore a tie and I had my hair curled and wore my purple sparkly top. We looked so fancy! He wanted to go to his favorite restaurant, Red Lobster, and use his gift card from Santa Claus. Since I saved on the tickets to the performance, I was able to grant his request. He ate crab legs and I had the shrimp scampi. We laughed and talked and had a great time. Now that we have full bellies it’s time to get to the theater for the show…so excited!
Did I mention this was the first live ballet performance I had seen since I had been in one, like forever ago? I was ready to come out of my skin I was so excited. I knew they are a mostly contemporary company but was not sure what to expect when it came to what they were going to perform but I didn’t care…I was just happy to be there.
We get to our seats and we are in the balcony. Did I also mention my son is not a fan of heights? He did NOT like the sloping down stairs of the balcony to our seats. For a few moments I was worried this was not going to happen. I eased him to our seats and once he realized we were a few rows back from the edge he was OK and started to dig being up high. I felt the balcony was really high up and close to the stage. Like weirdly close. I was thankful I had gotten the BOGO tickets and made a note to myself to get floor tickets to any future performance at this theater. We also had the requisite 7 feet tall gentlemen that seem to follow me to any event I go to and are seated directly in front of me. The seats were also minuscule. Airlines make bigger seats. LOL Regardless, it was fun watching the people file into their seats dressed up for the ballet. It was closing night and you could just feel an excited air about the theater. Half of it was probably radiating off of me.
We look through the program to see what they were going to perform and I saw it was a mixed repertoire of two classic pas de deux’s and the rest was contemporary. The first up was the Black Swan Pas de Deux! I was stoked. That is one of my all time favorite pdd’s! There was also the Peasant pdd from Giselle. I had been hoping for more classics but interested to see what the contemporary would be. I have not ever been to a contemporary ballet performance. I also love to peruse the dancer bio’s in the programs too. Like where they trained, are they a soloist, principal, apprentice…I just love that stuff.
So, the artistic director comes on stage and welcomes us and he was quite funny and charming, he exits the stage, and the plush red velvet curtain rises, to a gorgeous swan…
To be continued in “Timeless, Part II”