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Friday, 16 January 2009

Magic on Stage

An exhibition is currently showing at the Royal Opera House in Covent garden, titled Sylphides and Faeries.
Well I know what a fairy is but what is a sylphide?
A short ballet with no story but dancers in white, sylph like creatures, dancing in moonlight. (according to wikipedia).
So puppets, beautiful costumes and lithographs are all on view. I also learned that La Sylphide was the first ballet that had ballerinas balance on their toes for most of the production.

16 comments:

George Townboy said...

I enjoy being educated here.

Lois said...

The light in this photograph is really beautiful and I like the expression in the face.

JM said...

What a fantastic shot! I really love it! Well done!

The Lone Beader said...

Interesting. I have learned something new today! And, I LOVE the Royal Opera House! I know the guys who work backstage, so whenever I am there, I try to stop in and say hello. The first time I was there, I got a tour of the building from top to bottom! It was fantastic!

Becky said...

This is a striking photo, just because of its uniqueness. Very cool!

Sorry I've been absent...in December my husband and I found out we are going to have our first child, and things have been a bit...distracting! :)

Peter said...

A very nice "portrait", however obviously not of the sylphide, who should be some kind of ideal beautiful woman - I believe! Do you have some other photos available? :-) Have a nice weekend!

Marc said...

Beautiful creature in its own way. Fragile and elegant. Appeals to the imagination.

Jilly said...

A beautiful shot, Mo. Perfectly captured and so fascinating.

/t. said...

the
shadows
make this shot(!)

excellent!

/t.

The Lone Beader said...

Yes, it was a private tour. I worked with the crew when the Royal Ballet came to Boston in 2006. When I was in London in '07, I ran into one of the guys on the street in Covent Garden and he recognized me from Boston! It was really odd how it happened... I wasn't even in the country for 3 hours, and all of a sudden I was inside the Royal Opera House watching a press rehearsal for the opera with a man from Tuscany, and then got a tour after the show. Now, I know how everything works there, and I even got to go out on the roof! It was so great! The guys who work there are the best in the business! :D

lunarossa said...

Lovely shot, Mo, although the green being looks like something between start trek, et and shrek (for the colour at least!). Have a nice weekend. Ciao. A.

Ken Mac said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I have put up before and after pics of 49 and Broadway if you care to see the differences...i don't think old fashioned is the right phrase, how bout timeless art deco...

Abraham Lincoln said...

Thanks for stopping at my blog. I appreciate your comments.

I had no idea what a young or diminutive sylph is so looked it up and still don't know. Duh. I must be missing something.

I do like your photo and the light and shadows.

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marley said...

This is a cute looking thing, if a bit scary. I like the shadows in the photo.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

I don't understand much of the dance things, but the photograph is amazing :)

Babzy said...

The puppet is beautiful !

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