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"You don't strike me as ballet people"

So, last week I saw a coworker post on our internal for-sale list that she had two tickets to tonight's performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for sale. The price seemed reasonable, and Eric and I try to go to at least one theater performance each year, so we thought we'd make this year's a ballet.

Now, I'll be honest - I've been to exactly one ballet in my life, and it was "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and I was about 9. All I really remember was that in the forest, there were many stage ninja holding these DayGlo blinking eyes, and they creeped me the hell out. Needless to say, I know next to nothing about ballet. Eric has been to several ballets (insert shocked looks here), but it had been several years.

I mentioned to one of my coworkers that we were going to the ballet, and he looked utterly confused and said that he didn't think we were ballet people - he couldn't reconcile "gamer" and "ballet", apparently. Telling someone else about this at work got them very angry on my behalf, because the first coworker was trying to pigeonhole me. Personally, I thought it was kinda funny, but that's me.

As for the ballet itself...I felt like I had gone to a play done in a language I don't know very well. I know that I missed things, because ballet strikes me as fairly...I don't want to say formulaic, because of the connotation that has, but ritualistic. And I don't know the rituals. I've been going to the theater since I was a kid, both straight plays and musicals, and this was the most confused I've ever felt leaving the theater. It was beautiful, and the music was glorious, but I was left with a desire to see a stage or film version of the play, because at least then I would be back in my element.

Maybe my first coworker was right after all - maybe I'm not ballet people.

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trilliumgrl
Apr. 10th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Feh!
Being a "ballet person" takes a little practice for EVERYONE. There is such as thing as ballet logic, which is different that other logics. This is actually more true of story ballets like Midsummer's than of other pieces.

Sean and I have season tickets to the ballet and have had for several years. So, if you want to try the ballet again, let us know. Even if we can't go with due to timing, we can totally hook you up with cheaper tickets, since we get a discount.

Also, if you go again I strongly suggest getting there a bit early and going to the pre-performance lecture. These are usually held at 6:30 by the education director of the PNB. Things make much more sense after a lecture by Doug. Even for shows we have seen before we will go this.
zzinnia
Apr. 11th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
i am glad you went, though! all these 'other languages', they stretch our brains!
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