Night at the Ballet

Trip Start Aug 06, 2008
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Trip End May 17, 2009


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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Okay, so now is the time to brag. Kazan has an amazing opera house that host's incredible
opera's, ballets and anything cultured.
You know, stuff that American men freak out about and try with all their
might to avoid in the States. They
tend to separate the months into types of "shows" (for lack of a
better word). Last month was opera
and this month it is ballet.

At
the end of September, a group of us were just walking around the city and ended
up at the opera house. Liz went in
to get the program for the upcoming months and when she returned we saw that
they were having several Tchaikovsky ballets. We saw that they were doing "Swan Lake" and
decided to go ahead and buy tickets.
We went inside to find that most of the tickets were already sold out
and if wanted to go then we had to buy tickets right then. So we did and then as a sudden
inspiration decided to go ahead and buy tickets to any other ones that we
wanted to see. Thank goodness we
did because the whole month of October was pretty much sold out. We bought tickets for three Tchaikovsky
plays: two of which we had no idea what they were and all together it was less
than $20.00 US dollars!

Anyway,
the first of the three ballets was this past Sunday. This was one that we were not sure what the ballet actually
was, but soon discovered that it was The Nutcracker!! First
off, I had never been inside of the opera house, but the outside is
awesome. A statue of Pushkin
stands beside the building and a statue of big Lenin is across the street in
the square. The building itself is
very lavishly decorated and I fell in love at first sight.

Inside
you have to catch your breath it is so beautiful. The main staircase is done in green and white with gold
lanterns and lighting and the main room where the ballet is performed is done
in red, white and lots and lots of gold. At intermission, they offer champagne
and chocolates in a room that looks like a ballroom. It is unreal.
If you have facebook, there are some pics that Kristen took and I was
tagged in some of them. One day I
will post all my pics, I promise but I think you can see what I am talking
about.

The
ballet itself was something that I wish I could explain. The curtains opened
and I literally gasped. The set
was amazing and so beautiful. I kept on thinking that I was watching a REAL
Tchaikovsky ballet (and The Nutcracker to
boot) in Russia.... I mean, how cool
is that? This was not some hokey
flea bit ballet; this was a Russian ballet that was performed by real Russian
dancers. I can now die happy. All my desires have been fulfilled.

The
women in the audience were mostly dressed to the nines and the men were in
suits. I felt like I was in 19th
century Russia, where this was the main entertainment and the Tsar was in the
best box seats in the house. The
orchestra was perfect and the ballet itself was better than I could have imagined
it to be. Literally, this ranks
the top 10 best things that have ever happened to me and for those of you that
are wondering: Number 1 is
choosing to go UNCG and taking Russian Studies because never ever in my life
would I have thought that this would be possible for me. Hellllooo.... I'm in Russia! Or am I dreaming? Don't wake me up if I am. I may murder you.
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