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Under the light – Yoga in Tokyo

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in All posts, Japan | 0 comments

Please consider exercising at home, if the noise you produce on the yoga mat is indistinguishable from the noise you make during a shuddering climax… is what I was thinking at my yoga class at Shinjuku. For some inexplicable yoga reasoning, making sounds was exactly what was expected when working out. I can hear the yoga teacher repeat the magic words of what sounded like ‘suytey haytey’, encouraging to push up the prana and circulate the energy and, as if that wasn’t a challenge enough… to focus on our third eye. Eager yogis were pumping their breaths and chanting their lungs out. Looking for a class that gave me what my body was looking for – stretching, working on muscles and flexibility without spiritual baggage wasn’t easy. Here is my short review. I thought I liked and did experience...

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The Lithuanian National Opera and Nutcracker Ballet in Vilnius

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in All posts, Lithuania | 0 comments

The Christmas lights are on. This is the time of the year for all ballet companies in the world to bring out the Nutcracker. Drawn in by tinsel and Tchaikovsky, we visited the Nutcracker in Vilnius (on the 18th of December last year – which is only three weeks ago and I am sooo behind with blogging). Anyhow, I loved the performance, called Spragtukas in Lithuanian which made me think of the similar sounding Spartacus. True to the name, the ballet troupe gave a gladiator-grand performance. It was exactly how I hoped it would be. The story was beautifully brought to stage – thumbs up for the choreography (I hereby withdraw previous claims about not being able to stage the Nutcracker understandably for the viewer), the dancing was precise and showed off classic ballet technique at its best, the...

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Greek Christmas and the Nutcracker ballet in Athens

Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in All posts, Greece | 2 comments

Since we started to travel the world, I have not been able to continue ballet class which I think I am trying to compensate, on a subconscious level, through an increased attendance at ballet performances. Last Sunday we went to the National State Opera in Athens to see the Nutcracker. A classic to set you right into Christmas mode, which for Greece is not a big holiday.   CHRISTMAS IN GREECE – the Santa of Greece is Saint Basil (This is entertaining.) In Greece 95% are members of the Greek Orthodox Church and Christmas only comes second to Easter. Christmas decorations are scarce in Athens and would admittedly look funny on orange trees. Santa is avoiding Greece all together. Not due to the possibility of reindeer protesting for snow and elves putting down work demanding aircon. In Greece Santa...

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Budapest’s Opera but Ballet

Posted by on Nov 11, 2012 in All posts, Hungary | 2 comments

About a month ago, we went out to the Hungarian State Opera. Not for opera but ballet. Which is totally different despite sharing the same stage. Ballet is the classic art form I prefer, for the delightful sight of excellently shaped bodies and royal splendour of costumes and scenery. Opera, in contrast is a lot about bad acting, combined with forced, unpleasant and unintelligible singing with oversized performers-performing-overtime wearing circus tent. Elegance, grace and delightful lightness is what distinguishes ballet. (You do not have to agree and I might change my mind when I reach opera age.) Ballet, is ‘moving‘ in every sense of that word, especially the romantic classics.  Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle and Sleeping beauty make me weep for the gripping beauty of sound and sight. There is a reason why they are played...

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in All posts, Thailand, Thoughts and Treasures | 1 comment

If watching drag queens all dressed up in bell tutus, white tights, ballerina shoes, diva make up and fancy wigs infatuates your  mind, then this refreshing parody of the mannerisms of Russian ballet performed by all male dancers will be your ever favourite play. If not, then it is still worth to enjoy an amusing play of absolute gender equality – only this time it is men trying to fit into traditionally female roles and… (deliberately) struggling to do so. Once declared to be solely a men’s domain, the art of ballet has skillfully been taken over by soft and delicately moving women. Men are strong and powerful ballet dancers, their muscular carved bodies exposing big thighs and athletic torsos that seem to have been reduced to energetic jumps and ballerina lift ups. Performing merely as ballerina’s assistants, as well as wearing ballerina’s pretty outfits the Trockaderos...

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