October 11, 2008

Лебединое Озеро – Swan Lake

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 11:21 pm by Jenn

This evening was the big event.  Swan Lake.  I’d been wanting to see this ballet for a long time and tonight I can cross that off my list of things to do.

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….


  1. Jen D said,

    Did you take the pic? They look so graceful and beautiful! The ‘leaner’ sounds a bit “Seinfeldian”

  2. sjsmart said,

    Yep. I took the pic. I took several but they just didn’t turn out so great. They are in my web albums if you want to see them all just let me know. LOL “The Leaner”

  3. Jen Hann said,

    How fun! Fromt the picture, it looks like it was a beautiful production, and I’m just going to assume that the Russian company were excellent dancers.
    And I love “The Leaner” too!

  4. Angie said,

    Sounds like a great adventure! I love the way the chairs looked in the other post.

  5. sjsmart said,

    The chairs were nice. Not as uncomfortable as I imagined they would be.

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