Category Archives: Ballet

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On the roof of the Paris Opera

I am a lucky lucky girl. At a recent trip to Paris, I was lucky enough to get a tour of the Paris Opera and actually climb on to the roof.  Continue reading

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by the Royal Ballet | Purely phantasmagoric

I love the Christmas ballet offerings in London. On top of that, you might remember that I loved the first Christopher Wheeldon ballet I saw (The Winter’s tale and I was blown away). It was time therefore, to catch Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Now, you have to understand. I am a book person. I *love* the humor and the wordplay of Lewis Carroll’s book even though I read it in the original English when I was quite old. How the hell would it translate to ballet was a key question. Well, put Wheeldon together with Joby Talbot (music) and Bob Crowley (designs) and witness the miracle. Continue reading

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Manon at the Royal Opera House

It was to be an introduction to ballet for the s.o. and – understandably – I wanted to make it as special as possible. I *love* ballet and so I was really dreading the possibility of him hating it. I am accustomed to going to the ballet alone, but I really like sharing things with the s.o. Ergo, the stakes were high. Continue reading

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Bribe, beg and all the rest to see The Winter’s Tale at the Royal Opera House

I don’t expect this to be happening too often (I am a bit of a nag) but this is a post where I’m going to be raving about EVERYTHING.

If you know me (some people have been reading me for a number of years through my other online activities) and trust me (a smaller percentage no doubt) you only need to know this: DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER to watch The Winter’s Tale. There.

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How to book cheap(er) tickers for the Royal Opera House

I’ve been living in London for 12 years and it took me ages to figure out how to get seats at the Royal Opera House for opera and ballet and how to get those tickets cheap(er).

Granted, there are some performances that anything less than £60 is highly unlikely. However, I go to at least one – two performances a month, ever since I discovered how it can be done.

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