Tonight marked the start of several weeks of ballet and opera at the Royal Opera House. Onegin was good, but not great. Its been a while since my last trip to the ballet and I enjoyed it, but I don’t think I’d see it again anytime soon.
To begin, I should probably state a few facts that played an inevitable part in me not loving it. First off we had rather rubbish seats – row W of the amphitheatre, which I think is technically the furthest one can get from the stage while still remaining in the auditorium. And they’re restricted view. I’m also rather tired thanks to Steelicious and co. (I spent half the weekend working on a 100x70cm ‘Hair’ collage made up of photos with the cast, a couple of pink neon be-in flyers, one of which is autographed on the back, my ticket from the 30th August (Steel Saga Day) and cuttings from the souvenir brochure, all surrounding an advertising poster from the tube featuring Gavin and Will. Unsuprisingly it took a while to arrange everything and I still couldn’t quite get everything in. Anyways, I refused to give up until it was done and therefore didn’t make it to bed until LATE last night, hence, tired). Anyway, these two factors meant it was a little hard to focus and it felt a little like watching a screen or even one of those puppet theatres with sheets of scenery.
But I digress a tad. The ballet was nice, the dancers talented and I thought some of the scenery was beautiful. I also enjoyed the transitions between scenes. Wasn’t too keen on the music though. To me it didn’t seem to fit the story very well.
Also, Onegin doesn’t have all that much of a plot. Basically country girl (Tatiana) meets city boy (Onegin) and falls in love. City boy is a prat and breaks her little heart. City boy is also a prat to best mate which results in a duel. Country girl marries prince and city boy suddenly realises what he’s missing. Potential to expand into something epic, perhaps, but its a ballet, so there isn’t much more added, yet it’s stretched out over six scenes and three acts.
To be honest, the entire first scene seemed pretty much pointless. Though the end of the ensemble routine was rather pretty. The second scene of the first act was much better, but then I always like a romantic pas de deux. And this one was a dream sequence, which is even better. It was rather beautiful, really and perked me up a fair bit.
The second act included the party at which Onegin annoys the hell out of everyone and the duel. I have to admit, Onegin in a cloak looked a bit like a death eater, but that’s entirely besides the point. The third act occurs later, after Tatiana’s marriage and again I thought there was some lovely ensemble choreography in the first scene. The second scene, another pas de deux between Onegin and Tatiana, was also very good and left me happy that I saw the ballet, but also happy I only spent £9 on the ticket.
In other news:
Love Never Dies was fab and I’ll review it eventually. For now I’ll just state that Ramin was damn good, as always, and I will miss him greatly when he leaves in March. I’m also pretty much decided on going to see the Hadley Fraser gig at Waterloo East, even if I go on my own. I’d very much like to see their band, The Sheytoons, which, from what I’ve heard so far (though it’s not much – just an audio clip of ‘Broken’ on youtube from Sunday’s gig, which I missed in favour of Departure Lounge) suggests awesome things.
So, yeah, saw Departure Lounge again on Sunday and if anything it was even better the second time round. Going to see it one more time next Sunday, which is, unfortunately, the last show. The cast has improved too, I think they’ve settled into it more and they’re maybe having a little more fun with it now. Met them all after, got another set of pics with the boys and got them all to sign my CD. Was rather chuffed to see the lovely Liam Tamne (his voice still blows me totally away. He is so damn awesome. And pretty. Mustn’t forget pretty. Love his hair at the moment, though he didn’t seem too happy with it! And those arms, I never got the arms thing before, but have you seen those biceps? And his hands… *ahem* anyway…) and I asked him what he’s in next and apparently he’s doing panto in Birmingham. I’m considering going, but it depends who he’s playing. I didn’t think to ask for details, but my research shows that Dick Whittington is playing at the Hippodrome with a whole host of stars, none of whom I have any interest in seeing. I don’t think they’ve announced the rest of the cast yet, so if Liam has the lead I’ll go, but I’m not schlepping all that way just to see him in the chorus! Might ask him on Sunday if I have the guts to hang around after to talk to them again.
And finally, big Take That announcement tomorrow, apparently. All rumours point to tour dates, with tickets on sale Friday, but I shall find out at 10am tomorrow when they’ll be live on the website. G-d help anyone who interrupts me at 10, I don’t care if I am at work! I’m super excited but to be honest, only part of it has anything to do with my beloved boys. I’ve started seriously looking into my America trip and I’m hoping I can start booking next week. Gonna go for nine days and split it between New York and Boston. Watch this space!
Anyways, I’ve nattered long enough. Sweet Charity is the plan for Wednesday, hopefully, but I’ll try and get that Love Never Dies review out before then. If nothing else, I’m sure I’ll be back to either cheer or curse tomorrow’s hotly anticipated announcement.