Of course, the real magic of Swan Lake is all about falling. The best way to judge a ballerina’s true expertise is to watch not only how she ascends, but how she tombés (falls) to descend from her toes. And the true test of the classical partnering skills of a male dancer is how well he disappears, or “falls away” so the eye is always directed to his partner. In “Swan Lake,” disbelief must fall away when the same dancer performs the dual Odette/Odile role. We must be convinced that Odette’s ethereal, luminescence has vanished — replaced by Odile’s convincingly wicked fouettés (the ballet’s signature 32 turns performed on one leg).
The exhibit runs through Feb, 14 and is complemented by a selection of NASA space settlement paintings created by artist Rick Guidice that depict the infrastructure needed to build, supply and power space colonies, NUMU is also sponsoring an Oct, 22 “Launch into Space” children’s workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m, Participants will learn the basics of physics and rocket propulsion, then black t strap ballet flats they’ll build and launch air rockets with glow sticks attached, The cost is $15, Visit numulosgatos.org..
I spoke last week to Tilson Thomas, who commented on many aspects of the season. Here’s part of our interview. A Thanks, you’re the first person to say that! It’s really taken me totally by surprise. I don’t feel tremendously different. I still feel the love and curiosity for the music I get to make. It’s really the same. Q Tell me about you and Bonnie Raitt. You’re friends?. A Yes, for a long time, and I have such an appreciation of what she does. Oh my God, she’s just such an artist. And there’s the tradition she comes from, what her dad did — I’m an omnivore when it comes to songs and American songs, especially. She comes to our (San Francisco Symphony) concerts, and then we also have fun hanging out and singing through bits and pieces of golden oldies, the wonders of yesterday.
San Mateo residents since 1955, Pearl, now 81 years old, and his wife, Lila, are the parents of a son, Michael, who lives in Santa Clara black t strap ballet flats and is a chemistry teacher at a high school in San Jose, Current archives at the museum house include some 35,000 photographs that are largely of late 19th and early 20th century San Mateo County, More recent photos received from the old San Mateo County Times and Bay Meadows have about doubled this collection, The Norton Pearl collection will be eventually made available to everyone in the museum’s archives and reading room, which is open from 10 a.m, to noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and from noon to 4 p.m, Sundays at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City, Admission is free..
The plot can be boiled down in a few sentences: The ever-conquering Egyptians capture some Nubian women (their long-time enemies) to use as slaves, also unknowingly detaining the Nubian princess. Later, they capture her father, the king. But Radames, captain of the Egyptian army, quickly develops a “thing” for the princess, though he doesn’t know she’s royalty. Then a whole bunch of improbable things happen: Radames’ father Zoser is slowly poisoning the Pharaoh so that when his son marries the Pharaoh’s daughter Amneris, Radames will take over. Poor Amneris! She and Radames have known each other since they were little kids and have been engaged for seven long years. But instead of marrying, Radames keeps rushing off to fight a war because … well, because the storyline requires him to wait until he meets the Nubian princess (in disguise) and fall madly in love with her.
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