There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

Definition of Walkabout :

a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work
Showing posts with label ballet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ballet. Show all posts

19 March 2017

Shen Yun

Shen Yun means the beauty of divine beings dancing. China's ancient culture is deeply spiritual and based on the idea of harmony among Heaven, Earth and Humankind.

The Chinese Communist Party doctrine however teaches just the opposite, officially atheist, it sees spiritual culture as a threat to its power. For decades it has tried to destroy the ancient heritage, and it nearly succeeded.

In 2006, a group of artists in New York formed Shen Yun and have brought this culture back from the brink of extinction. Shen Yun is not allowed to perform in China, but their message will not be stopped, with five different groups traveling the world simultaneously bringing their message to the world.
The imagery screen on display truly immerses you into the stories unlike anything I've experienced before. You are taken to magical and mystical worlds, as well as given a glimpse into the real world under Communist China.

You also never know what you may see with each show, as no two are alike. This performance gave us a chance to see an amazing soprano opera singer, and a chance to hear Xiaochun Qi play the two string Ehru, or Chinese violin, and the music that came from this instrument still sends chills down my spine.

Become one with Nature, and embody the spirit and message these young performers are giving to the world by carrying out their cultures ancient traditions.

23 December 2016

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Limited tickets available.

This type of marketing usually doesn't work on me, but for whatever reason, seeing the words "Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker" drew me inexplicably towards purchasing a ticket.

And as a grand finale to the Christmas season, it was quite the pinnacle.
The familiar music became altogether something new under the direction and artistry of it's Russian themes.
Each scene held it's own magical power, and the wonderment of a child captured me into a spell of wonderment. A perfect night in the Valley of the Sun to lead me into the Christmas weekend as I ready to return home.