Tonight we watched the ballet production of Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House. It was a time for dressing up and everyone rose to the occasion, breaking out the heels, curling irons, and makeup. It was a night for us to ‘dress to impress’, and I believe we all did a great job.
The ballet was performed by dancers of The Royal Ballet, and music from Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s score was wonderfully played by the orchestra. It was amazing to recognize several familiar strains of the music, which was apparently also used in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty movie.
The opera house oozed glamour, and it was exactly what I thought it would look like – red velvet curtains and seats, gold trimmings, and lots and lots of bright lights. The emblem above the stage was really cool – a crown above a roaring lion and rearing unicorn to represent royalty, with the Latin motto of the British monarchy: “dieu et mon droit”, or “God and my right”. I also enjoyed the strawberry ice cream being served inside the theatre – it was an expensive £3.50, but worth it!
The ballet was amazing, and the principal ballerinas were en pointe the entire time. I think the most impressive ballet technique was when the princess was being courted by her four suitors – each suitor would walk up to her and help her rotate on her right foot, release her hand, and hand her over to the other suitor. The ballerina did this four times, once with each of the suitors – all en pointe! Even from my vantage point, I could see her hand trembling by the fourth turn. The choreography was beautiful, and I would definitely watch another ballet in the future!