Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Tales on Tour
I attended a fundraiser last week at the ballet studio where I take class, and enjoyed the short performances - the space was small, so we were all up close to the exquisite soloists (warming up above,) on loan from Ballet San Jose. It's a win for the studio, and also Ballet San Jose, since it wouldn't have occurred to me to go to their concerts previously, and now I'm quite interested.
The artistic director regaled us with stories of his life as a dancer on tour. He first traveled the world with a contemporary company underwritten by the government of Venezuela. Wherever they performed, in all the capitals of Europe, the consulate would throw them a party. Heady times for a seventeen year old! He later joined a resident company in Berlin and danced duets with the great Nureyev. Glamorous, but also a lot of hard work.