Last week I had the chance to see Misty Copeland perform in the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and it was like a fairy tale. I recently joined a social group here in New York City that organizes a variety of events and this Culture Night at the ballet was one of them. Before the performance started I got to Lincoln Center an hour before the curtain call and enjoyed a glass of champagne in the Founders Lounge where I learned about the what to expect in the performance from a ballerina on her off-night.
Having only been to the ballet a handful of times it was interesting to hear the background of the play, about Tchaikovsky’s score, and learning which parts of Swan Lake that were the most difficult to perform – it particular where Misty as the black swan had to do 32 fouetté turns! (And I will be honest with all of you, I did not know what a fouetté was until last week – if you are in the dark like me it is a a pirouette performed with a circular whipping movement. And if you are more of a visual person, like I am, check out this video to see a real example).
I did not take that many pictures as photography was not allowed during the performance of Swan Lake at Lincoln Center but did snap a few at the Intermission. And I was obsessed with the chandeliers in the lobby, according to the New York Times they are comprised of
Over the course of eight weeks there were many performances featuring a whole host of dancers but last week when I saw Swan Lake at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, June 13th Misty Copeland was dancing in the role of Odette / Odile, Herman Cornejo as Prince Siegfried, and James Whiteside as Von Rothbart – truly an all star cast. Overall the American Ballet Theater did an incredible job with this performance and I am excited to have the chance to perhaps go back and see Misty dance again soon!
Have you ever been to the ballet?