Do you like the ballet? I do. Which is funny, ’cause I wasn’t one of those four year old girls who went around in a tu-tu pretending to be a ballerina. It was the movie “The Red Shoes” that got me hooked. I had read it is one of Martin Scorsese’s favorite films and is often cited as one of the most beautiful Technicolor films ever made, so I watched it on TCM one evening a few years ago. I fell in love with the movie that night and watched the 15 minute ballet sequence over and over again. It’s one of the most beautiful and moving moments I’ve ever seen on film. I was lucky enough to see a restored version on the big screen this summer and people started clapping in the theatre at the end of the ballet scene—that’s pretty powerful.
Anyways, that is how I got into ballet. I’m super excited for the upcoming Ballet Austin season and if you are a fellow Austinite I highly recommend getting tickets to the season opener, Carmina Burana, ’cause it looks like it is going to be awesome (and for what it’s worth, there are no bad seats in the Long Center).
I’m also looking forward to Darren Aronofsky’s new film being released the end of this year, Black Swan. Psychological ballet thriller? That sounds like my kind of movie.
Yeah, it’s going to be intense.
Isn’t it odd how you can unexpectedly fall in love with something you once never gave a thought to for years? Odd, but I like those unexpected loves most of all.
And now I shall close this post with some lovely ballet pictures I’ve been collecting.
Lastly, my favorite Degas, “Waiting”.
What was the last thing you unexpectedly fell in love with, dear readers?