Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Web Secret 585: In praise of old things
I went to a performance of "Sleeping Beauty" given by the American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera house.
It could have been 1890 when the ballet was first performed:
Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's gorgeous score.
Dancers performing the beautiful choreography of Marius Petipa.
I sat in delight for three hours - without technology.
I did note that the 21st century had brought about three welcome changes:
1. Diversity among the dancers: African American, Latino, Asian and from all over the world.
2. Diversity among the audience, also representing multiple ethnic groups from all over the world.
3. During the curtain calls, hundreds of people took photographs with their smart phones.
Every now and then, go retro.
I recommend it.