I’ve never been to the ballet. Over the past few years I’ve really wanted to go (maybe it had to do with how popular Black Swan was?). I mean, how sophisticated do you sound if you say, “oh sorry, I’m busy Thursday night…I’m going to the ballet.” Very sophisticated. Other words that come to mind are chic, and elegant. All things I want to be.
When the opportunity presented itself to go to see the Boston Ballet’s Fall Program, I jumped at it! My lovely sister-in-law Elizabeth was my date, and we had a great time. First of all, the Boston Opera House is gorgeous. Second of all, the talent that we saw on stage was literally amazing. I don’t know how they do it. Well, I’m assuming it is a lot of training, a lot of watching what you eat, and a s*it ton of dedication and focus. I truly admire the dancers.
Liz and I started the night off with a quick dinner at Stoddards (always enjoyable!), and then headed over to the Opera House to grab our seats. The performance consisted of three parts; Rooster, Awake Only, and The Second Detail. I must admit that at first it was hard for me to get used to the just dancing / no talking part of the ballet. I am a huge Broadway fan, and am used to watching people sing, dance, and talk while on stage, so the just dancing and no talking was different for me. But once the beautiful ballerinas came on stage I was hooked — their outfits were gorgeous! The only depressing part of all of this was the fact that I realized I will never be a ballerina in this lifetime. So sad.
Rooster was my favorite part of the evening because the music was that of the Rolling Stones. Ballet + the Stones = pretty awesome. My favorite part was watching the pretty ballerina in her lovely red dress dance to “Ruby Tuesday”. Other songs included “Little Red Rooster”, “Lady Jane”, “Not Fade Away”, “As Tears Go By”, “Paint It Black”, “Play With Fire”, “Sympathy For The Devil”. Awake Only was about different experiences one has in their life, and all of the emotions that match up with these experiences. It was a very nice! The last performance of the night was The Second Detail was a very modern ballet — very bold. It was very different from anything I’ve ever seen. Overall, the ballet was an amazing experience, and I’m so happy I got the chance to go!
I really want to get back to see The Nutcracker this winter. Performances start on November 23rd, and run through December 30th. I truly have always wanted to see The Nutcracker. I’m thinking this is the year… Check out the performance dates and times here. Also, Sleeping Beauty will run from March 22nd through April 7th, and the Spring Program will run from May 2nd through May 12th.
Just a side note here…tickets to the ballet are relatively inexpensive. Tickets start at $29 for season ballets (like the Fall or Spring Program) and $35 for The Nutcracker. I mean, for a fancy night out $35 sounds good to me, I must say.
If you’re interested in visiting the ballet multiple times, the Curtain Pass is a nice deal. For $156 you get 7 tickets to use however you want (this is subject to availability, valid on all performances of season ballets and select performances of The Nutcracker FYI). This works out to be less than $23 per ticket! Also keep in mind the Senior Rush (65+) option — this is based upon availability, but typically the Boston Ballet offers this during all weekend matinees. The Senior Rush ticket is $20 cash up to two hours before the performance. Student Rush tickets are also based upon availability (full-time students with ID only), but the Ballet typically offers them for all performances, as long as there are seats left (also $20 cash up to two hours before the performance). Lastly, Student Subscriptions are $20 per ticket, and you can get really great seats with this option.