Last February I took Megan to see Moscow City Ballet performing The Nutcracker and although neither of us knew what was happening we had a lovely time. There is something extremely magical about ballet. The story unfolds and captures you in a way that is hard to describe. This year along side The Nutcracker, Moscow City Ballet was performing the world’s most famous love story Romeo and Juliet set to Prokofiev's dramatic score, a masterpiece of 20th century music (and who knew that this score is actually the music used in BBC's The Apprentice?! Not me! I kept thinking I know this! Dumm dumm dumm de dumm). All the hustle and bustle of Renaissance Verona is brought to life in this powerful production. The ballet follows the fate of the star-crossed teenage lovers from their first meeting to their untimely and tragic death. There is a lot more character based acting in this ballet and the male dancers who make up Romeo's gang were amazing! Although the 6&7 year old girls sat with me were a bit concerned about being able to see their bums!
Megan dances with Miss A from Life of Spicers and we thought a trip to the ballet on a school night would be a lovely treat. Both were excited and non stop chatting. We arrived at Lighthouse, Poole and took our seats the two of them fidgeting about with ants in their pants and it soon became apparent this was a sold out show full of ADULTS! However as the curtain went up and the orchestra started to play the two sat their completely transfixed I've never seen them so still.
Moscow City Ballet’s exceptional repertoire combines artistry, technique, narrative and live music to provide a truly breath-taking production. What was lovely for both us parents and the girls was that so many adults commented on how well behaved they were. And asking them questions were they enjoying the ballet? “do you go dancing” “I used to come to that ballet with my mum”. I must admit I'd been a bit slapdash about the show and not really looked into much detail so imagine our surprise when the curtain fell for a second interval! Considering the show ended at 10:30pm the girls did incredibly well and can't wait to go and see another!