Swans, Art and Pain

The closing scene of the ballet, Swan Lake, carries a real-life poignancy that can be hard to capture in 19th-century story ballets. In the ghostly light of a full moon against a lake, lovers Siegfried and Odette clash with evil sorcerer Von Rothbart in a fight to the death, as Tchaikovsky’s dramatic music builds to … Read more

World Ballet Day 2022!

Arts-loving readers, mark your calendars: World Ballet Day 2022 is Wednesday, November 2nd!  To celebrate, enjoy my ballet-centric novel, A Dancer’s Guide to Africa, for FREE, all week long! Click HERE. Also, check out the Ballet Theatre Chronicles, HERE.   World Ballet Day has started, and HERE is the all-important link to watch the livestream! … Read more

10 ballet flicks you’ll love

  Here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the height of summer, and if you’re like me, you’re feeling a vacation-y torpor in the air, alongside the heat (or maybe as a result of the heat). You want to do something indulgent for yourself in the evening when it’s light for so long that you feel … Read more

The elusive Sylphide lands in San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet’s Program 4, opening on Tuesday March 15, brings something elusive and wonderful to the stage in the form of two ballets, La Sylphide and Alexei Ratmansky’s The Seasons. Both hold an element of “Oh, finally!” and both help celebrate and commemorate this, artistic director Helgi Tomasson’s 37th and final season at the helm … Read more

Melting into Léo Delibes’ “Flower Duet”

        Initially, I only knew composer Léo Delibes for his ballet scores, the 1870 Coppélia and his 1876 Sylvia. I’m a ballet person, after all. I’ve been aware of the beautiful aria from the British Airways and Ghirardelli chocolate commercials in that I-know-it-but-not-its-name-or-its-composer way, but I didn’t figure out until recently that it’s taken from … Read more