I saw Mikhail Baryshnikov dance on TV when I was little, and I was completely amazed by how he could fly through the air and float across the stage. It was absolutely magical to me. I was also very fascinated by the pointe shoes. I even made my own out of paper and tape, reinforcing the toe with the cardboard of a toilet paper roll and tightly packed toilet paper. Even though a lot of tape was used, it was largely ineffective in making me dance like the ballet dancers I saw in the Nutcracker.
Now our daughter Emma is into ballet. Last night, I got to take her on a daddy-daughter date into Boston to see the Boston Ballet perform Coppélia! Before the show, we had our picture taken with Coppélia!
For people who are not yet ballet enthusiasts, Coppélia is a great introduction to the art! It is a ballet comedy, and the first two acts are absolutely hilarious. Joseph Gatti played Frantz last night, and his facial expressions are priceless. He shows so much joy when he dances. Kathleen Breen Combs played Swanilda (and then later Coppélia). Both Joseph and Kathleen are beautiful dancers, and I was amazed by how hard they were able to make Emma and me (and the rest of the house!) laugh just through dancing. Kathleen portrayed a very convincing and comical robot.
The third act involved more traditional ballet dances, but what stole the show were the young performers from the Boston Ballet School! Emma found one who looked just like her. They danced with the same level of precision and grace expected of the more experienced members of the company. It was amazing.
After a spectacular performance, we got a back stage tour! We learned about how the stage is constructed, how the dancers warm up with bars on the stage, where they do quick changes, etc. We also got a few glimpses of the performers leaving for the night! Emma fell asleep on the way home. She had woken up at 5am with all the excitement for the performance that evening!
The Boston Ballet is very family friendly and provides boosters for children (ages 2+). Emma and I had a great time and can recommend it to families in the Boston Area!
Thank you to the Boston Ballet for providing tickets for this performance!