Happy Valentine’s day, everyone. In grand celebration of this holiday, I will be doing a night shift in the emergency room in celebration. (If I’m feeling particularly festive, I may bring a bag of raspberry white chocolate Hershey’s hugs with me to share.) Hopefully everyone else has better plans than mine. I did get to take my beagle puppy on her first walk today, as she just recently received all of her immunizations.
It is also because of my insane night shift schedule in the emergency room that I can’t make it to Program 2 of San Francisco Ballet’s season, which features the Hamburg Ballet in John Neumeier’s Nijinsky. If you enjoyed Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, you may enjoy this as well. Nijinsky plays at the War Memorial Opera House until February 19.
When I think of romantic ballets, for me, nothing tops it more than Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juliette, which I flew up to Seattle to see a few years ago. And it was totally worth it, especially with Carla Korbes in the title role. Lucky New Yorkers will get a chance to view this marvelous production during PNB’s tour in New York at the New York City Center. Click here for more info, and yes, it’s a definite must-see.
Are there other ballets that speak of romance to you? Any abstract ballets come to mind? For me, a lot of Tomasson’s pieces have romance interwoven into its choreography, and Wheeldon also speaks of a sexy sort of sensuality.