A trip to see the Moscow City Ballet perform Swan Lake at the Theatre Royal

Recently the ladies in my family were treated to the most unforgettable day by my Grandma. My mum, Auntie Jane, sister Zoe, Grandma and myself headed to the beautiful city of Bath to watch the Moscow City Ballet perform Swan Lake at the Theatre Royal. I’ve always dreamt of seeing Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Everything from the haunting violins and songbird notes of the flutes to the decadent, feathered costumes that adorn angelic ballerinas, Swan Lake is one of the most enchanting performances ever created. There is something so fascinating about ballerina’s, perhaps not just because of their envious poise and delicacy, but also because of the dedication and years of training it takes to perform at such a level. Having done ballet throughout most of my childhood and winning my first medal at the age of 4, I regrettably abandoned ballet class as I approached my ‘tween’ years, trading my leotard and little pink ballet slippers for tammy girl sweaters and sparkly silver trainers. I gave up far to easily, and with no valid reason and I can only watch in absolute awe for the women who persevered and dedicated much of their lives to becoming ballerinas.

I’ve often written about Bath on my blog, as it is by far my favourite city and simply wandering through cobbled streets surrounded by elegant, Georgian architecture is a joy in itself. During this particular trip we stopped to admire some of the buildings, in particular the magnificent Bath Abbey. 

Prior to the ballet we headed to Raphaels, a charming restaurant situated across the road from the theatre. I enjoyed breaded brie with a home-made chutney for starter, a pasta dish for main and an irreproachable creme brûlée.

Feeling well-fed and excited for the performance ahead we headed to the theatre and got comfortable in our seats. Theatre Royal is one of the oldest theatres in Britain and its heritage and classic, Georgian architecture is apparent from the foyer to the royal circle, where we were seated.

The ballet was simply mesmerising. Each movement was poised, disciplined and graceful, and the magic of the story was depicted with the help of the dramatically poetic music. One moment the ballerinas were still, silent and ornamental, then in a heart beat they would franticly fleet across the stage as though their feathers had given them flight. To watch a story being told, without words, is a beautiful thing indeed, and at times I was so drawn into the performance I completely forgot my surroundings, lost in the intricate formations and mellifluous notes. The ballerinas were both harmoniously delicate and strong, and each dance was full of passion and pride. There were two costume changes, the first comprising of grand, medieval apparel and the second saw the female dancers adorn the iconic white, feathered tutu’s. Designed to represent the swans they were graceful, feminine and straight out of a fairytale. When the curtains opened, they took my breath away. Needless to say, there was an incredible atmosphere in the theatre throughout and when the dancers returned to the stage after the ballet the audience erupted with applause.

Here are some photos courtesy of the Moscow City Ballet website which can be found here, along with a film preview of the performance.

A big thank you to my amazing Grandma for a wonderful day and a memory I will treasure for ever.

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  1. November 11, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    Ooh! So fabolous pictures, I realy enjoy this post, specilly about the ballet, I have been once and you make me feel nostalgia! You have a very nice blog and I will be glad if we follow each other.


  2. November 11, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    Such a lovely post! I've been to the ballet a lot with my Granny over the years, we recently saw the Mariinsky ballet do swan lake, the russian ballet companies are always so amazing! xx

    ☾ Liquorice Pearls ☾

  3. November 11, 2014 / 9:14 pm

    Wowww! So lovely! I am so happy you included the video 4m youtube too 🙂
    btw bath is so lovely too! I wanna visit now 🙂
    Kaarunya 🙂
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  4. November 11, 2014 / 9:14 pm

    Świetny blog ♥
    Jestem u Ciebie po raz pierwszy prawda? I na pewno nie ostatni ! 😉
    zapraszam do mnie w wolnej chwili ;*

  5. November 15, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    I absolutely love this post and wish I could have seen this ballet myself!


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