22 December 2010

day 22::dance


Like lots of little girls I was enchanted by pictures and books about ballerinas and Rattling On's reminiscences today about Christmas presents reminded me of a music box I was given as a child which opened to reveal a little dancer dancing on a mirror.  I never got to go to the ballet until I was very much older, by which time my interests lay elsewhere.  So, taking refuge with a friend at the V&A today from even the idea of shopping, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the somewhat theatrical  Diaghilev/ Ballets Russes exhibition  - amazing costumes, paintings, sketches, artefacts, video, music.  And colour, so much colour, swathes of red but also those rich colours drawn from traditional Russian peasant costumes - pink, orange, yellow, cobalt blue, teal. Towards the end there was a shadow performance of  an extract from The Firebird that was so captivating it gave me goosebumps.

So very much more inspiring than queuing at a till.

4 comments:

Liz said...

Give me a ballet exhibition over last minute Christmas shopping any day. I went to dance classes most week nights for thirteen years. Hated having to go on Thursdays when ballet (or tap) clashed with Top of the Pops and the Man from U.N.C.L.E.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I've got two left feet but loved the Diaghilev exhibition when it was here a while ago .
Now the Groningen museum has just re-opened with one about oriental influence on Russian art . The colours should be amazing again .
Tesco couldn't hope to compete !

Rattling On said...

I saw Giselle performed by the Kirov in 1981, St Petersburg. Never been to anything so good before or since, cried most of the way through (and could now, just remembering). Not as keen on the modern stuff, I like tutus and so!
This is when I envy you living in Londen...

APECKHAMLAD said...

Sounds like you had quite a cultured, charming,erudite and hungry companion to share the day with you!