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Ballet at the Royal Opera House - Little Observationist
Thanks to Malibu’s #BestSummerEver campaign which I’m thrilled to be a part of, Jorge and I had tickets to see a double bill of Apollo and MidSummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Opera House on Saturday Night. Neither of us had been to the Royal Opera House and it’s a long time since I’ve seen a ballet, so we had been looking forward to this tribute to the work of the celebrated Russo-American choreographer George Balanchine. Both shows were performed by the St. Petersburg-based Mariinsky Ballet, a company Balanchine performed with himself from the age of 11. There are no words in ballet, only movement, elegance and grace accompanied by an orchestra. I’m no ballet critic by any means so I’ll leave that to the pros, but it was a beautiful evening and an immaculate display of talent. The building itself is quite stunning with its grand classical portico looking out onto Bow Street near Covent Garden. There’s a little sculpture of a dancer across from it, but there were too many people sitting around it to take a photo. The back has a rotating ballerina in a bubble at the moment, but I didn’t have a camera with a zoom lens with me so it was …