November 30th, 2006 – by: Maureenie
I found a neat little theatre shop in the West End. It was pretty
swell. Reminded me of all my musical theatre crazies back at home.
There are more and more elaborate Christmas decorations in the street
I went to see The Sleeping Beauty
at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden
. I went alone again, because
I didn't know if I could find anyone who cared about this kind of
thing. It was beautiful. Beautiful.
was absolutely in love with the theatre itself. Four balconies,
everything gilded, enormous, rich red curtains hiding the stage... it
was what you imagine when you think of an old, glamorous theatre.
The theatre store I found. Very "fab," as they say.
seats were really far away (the decent seats are very, very, very,
very, very expensive), but I could still see everything. The ballet was
also very beautiful. They were so, so, so good. I was completely in
awe. As expected, I was crying within the first few seconds. The music
was just as beautiful as the dancing. I wondered why people around me
weren't getting bored, though, since it was THREE HOURS long... I was
enjoying it because I was able to look at it from a dancer's point of
view, but without any sort of realy story line, I don't know how they
were entertained. Geez... ballet is so beautiful... I wish so, so badly
I was good at it. It's bodily perfection, really. To be able to do what
those people did is so intense. Oy. Afterwards I walked back to the
tube station while I watched all the rich people get ushered into their
expensive cars escourted by their drivers... I realize the array of the
audience had been mostly composed by these rich people, and students
wanting to see it to learn from it, like myself. I wonder why all these
really rich people were at the ballet, though... Why would they be
interested in something like that? It is because of tradition? Because
ballet is so old, and the theatre here is so old, and it's thought of
as very classy to go to the ballet? But is it really classy? And why?
Do they even understand what's good about it? Weren't they bored? Are
they only going because they know it costs a lot of money? People are