February 8, 2009
I have been a bad blogger lately, in part because I’ve really been trying to get this school work done (which I did today) and in part because I’ve been busy with nothing really…more randomness.
I intended to blog on Thursday evening when I got home from the ballet. I saw Seven Beauties. I was by far the best ballet I’ve seen here in Baku. I’m sure I’ve been to other ballets in my lifetime, but I can’t remember any of them so I’m just going to put this out there and say that Seven Beauties is the best ballet I’ve ever seen. I really think this is where a lot of the money from the Ballet and Opera theater goes…to this production. The program is full color and bilingual (Azeri and English). The costumes are magnificent, the music beautiful and the dancers are well rehearsed. I’m hoping that I can find a video taped version of this ballet to share with my friends and family. I know I’ll be able to find the music on CD no problem.
I wish I could find a great picture of the performance. The pictures I took don’t do it justice. Here’s a picture of the program cover
this doesn’t do it justice either, but you get an idea of how colorful the costumes were.
Friday I intended to post about my walk and the “loaded lada” that I finally took a picture of. I got sidetracked and then we went out for the evening and so much for that. Here’s a picture of the car, loaded down with apples. This is a typical sighting all around Baku. You see cars filled with various food stuffs parked in the alley, off to the side of the road, etc. If you want what they are selling you buy it. This guy has a regular little produce stand. His good actually look pretty decent. I may have to visit him for some fruits and veggies every now and then…especially since he didn’t charge me to take his picture.
Yesterday I didn’t blog because I was playing Mousehunt and still trying to figure out this sweater snafoo! I still don’t get it. It seems that there is an error in the pattern in the number of stitches/placement of the second marker for the two smaller sizes. I’ve posted to Ravelry, I’ve put a call out to my mom and sister, my friend here in Baku is helping me and still I am stumped. I think I’m going to frog it and start over with the number of stitches that I think it should have and go from there….but before I do that I’ll be scouring cyberspace looking for any information I can on how the heck to do the 5×1 rib with increases on the Welt and Rib Raglan. Certainly I’m not the only one who knits, blogs and is making the sweater in this size.
December 27, 2008
Tonight I went to the ballet. The Nutcracker was playing at the Azerbaijan National Opera and Ballet Theater. There were three in my group and we had excellent seats. We were in the first balcony section, first row. There were no heads in front of us. We had a wonderful, unobstructed view of the stage and the orchestra section so I was really pleased. Even if I wasn’t pleased the price was too good to pass up – 8 manat. That’s less than 10 US dollars – for a ballet. I didn’t get a program so I don’t know if this was a Russian company or not. I’d venture to say not. This was probably a local ballet company.
The stage scenery was nice especially the second act. The costumes for the most part were ok. The Nutcracker was disappointing. I don’t have a great picture of him, but he wasn’t at all what I envisioned him being. This Nutcracker was just a guy with a beard and blue tights to me.
Here, judge for yourself
The picture quality is pretty bad, but you get the idea right? He didn’t even have a nutcracker soldier hat!
The music was beautiful however and the dance of the sugar plum fairies was my favorite. You’ll also be able to see the pretty stage that I mentioned earlier.
Overall it was a good performance and I would go again, with hopes that the Nutcracker would be a little more Nutcrackerish.
October 13, 2008
Before the performance. Waiting for the doors to open. Jenn with Allison and Vangie.
During Intermission. Allison, Jenn, Vangie.
So there you have it. Recent pictures of Jenn.
October 11, 2008
The theatre building (The Azerbaijan State Theater of Opera and Ballet) is really decorative compared to other buildings in Baku. It isn’t your typical tan concrete building. This building actually has some character. It has an interesting history too and you can read more about it by following the link I provided.
We waited outside until about 10 minutes before 6, not wanting to get to our seats too soon. Just before we went I said to one of my friends, “I wonder what the bathrooms are like”. Her reply, “Holes in the floor”. Great. I already have to go and now I’m going to have to hold it for 3 hours! This should make for an interesting evening.
We went in and Tonci asked if we wanted any snacks/drinks. I really didn’t want to drink anything because of the bathroom situation, but knew I would never make it in dry theatre for 3 hours with nothing to drink. I got a bottle of water.
Then of course I took a sip and that instantly pushed my bladder to the point where I had no choice but to check out the bathroom situation. THANKFULLY, they had actually connected toilet seats to the hole in the floor so it wasn’t all that bad. I should say it wasn’t all that bad if you didn’t have to wipe. The toilet paper was like no other I had ever used before. I’m not joking when I say this stuff was ROUGH! Kind of like a pumice stone rough.
Anyway, the theater was surprisingly beautiful inside. There were actual chairs to sit in, not like movie theater style but round seat, round back kind of chairs in red velvet to match the stage curtain. From our seats we had a great view…until the couple in front of us sat down. It’s too bad that they didn’t stagger the chairs then we wouldn’t have had heads in our way. Poor Allison and I have sore necks from bobbing back and forth during the performance. Vangie was a little luckier because her guy was a leaner. He leaned to the left and gave her a PERFECT view of the entire stage.
The lead ballerina, Tatyana Chernobrovkina was wonderful as were all of the performers. I’m not sure but I think the Jester may have injured himself during Act 1. There was a new guy as the Jester in the following Acts. The version of Swan Lake that we saw was performed in 3 Acts and we had the ending where the bad guy is killed by the lake and the couple lives happily ever after. Apparently there a many differnent endings depending on which theatre company is performing.
Not many people were really dressed up for the ballet and that surprised me. I see people more dressed up than they were tonight walking through streets during the week. Most people were in jeans. Now don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of women in dresses and the men almost always wear button down shirts and slacks, but I think the majority of people were dressed casually. Not one stiletto sighting! We did see a backless shirt with a red bra and also a leopard print mini skirt, but other than that nothing worth mentioning.
So overall, the ballet experience was good. I would go again. Next time I’ll definitely get tickets earlier so that we have a better choice of seats….
October 7, 2008
I’m going to the BALLET! I’m so excited. This Saturday, lead dancers from the Bolshoy and Stanislavski Theatres in Russia will be here in Baku performing SWAN LAKE!
I am going with a couple of friends. The fact that Scott isn’t a ballet fan isn’t new news so I didn’t even ask him if he wanted to attend. He’ll probably sit home doing what he does every night which is play World of Warcraft. To be completely honest I’m pretty sick of that game, but I’ll save that for another post. This one is about FUN!
In honor of the big night I think I’ll even get my hair done! I’m going to make the appointment right now.