For me, it was a purely selfish act. Edgar Degas is my all-time favorite artist. The Little Dancer sculpture my favorite work of art.
To say that this performance was my dream come true is an understatement.
And I was determined that La C was going to see it. I believe that child spends 65% of her waking time in dance and rythmic movement. I knew she would love it. That she would get it.
But at 6 years old, having never seen a live ballet, or sat through a 2 1/2 hour live performance before – this was going to be a feat. Add on that she had a full day of school followed by an hour long gymnastics class, and as she haughtily informed us on the way home from the play at 11pm – no one had given her dinner.
(So one ball in the delicate balance dropped…okay, one rather important ball…sigh.)
But that kid sat mesmerized through the whole 2 1/2 hours and broke down the story lines with a million questions while we drove home. She got it!
This morning she woke up and said, that show is still with me.
It is still with me too. It haunts you in the beauty of both the story and the imagery.
Bravo to all who created it.
And bravo to Colin Shah who designed this ring whose simplicity and pop of color remind me of Degas dancers in their white tulle and colorful sashes.
And – my little dancer watching the orchestra warm up pre-performance.