ABT brought Swan Lake to Australia earlier this month and I was lucky enough to see it. I wrote a bit of a review, with my favourite moments, favourite characters and general thoughts.
I spent a bit of time hanging out in an around QPAC during the day hoping to catch a glimpse of the dancers. Instagram was certainly helpful when it came to tracking the company’s movements. If you are interested in ballet, I highly recommend that you follow the dancers on Instagram. Some of them offer fantastic insight into the life backstage, in the wings, in the studios and on tour. I learnt a great deal about ballet by following some of these people.
A members of the corps, Stephanie Williams (wheresmytutu) gave a bit of a glimpse behind the scenes and shared the pain that comes with double-show days.
Daniil Simkin (daniil) is my favourite person to follow. Not only does he share the most interesting, funny and educational moments from the life backstage, he is also a very talented photographer. He is a great advocate of using social media to break the fourth wall, and following him is rewarding and fun. By the way he is the reason I became interested in ABT.
Follow James Whiteside (jamesbrucewhite) for the entertainment value.
Misty Copeland (mistyonpointe) is not my favourite person to follow, as her newsfeed is mostly filled with endorsements and promotions. Interesting things can occasionally can crop up though.