This is what it means to be human.
Everyone should watch this ballet. I have never, in any medium, seen a better representation of human emotions and how we interact.
Obviously I am not a dancer so I cannot attest to how 'good' they were... But when they were meant to be swans, they were swans.
The sheer control and power of the performance was staggering, they put their whole selves into the performance, laying themselves bare for the audience to see.
I do not exaggerate when I say that seeing that performance was life-changing, I will never look at performing the same way again.
Mind blown, We were in such a daze afterwards that we got on the wrong tube.
The production was wonderful with a brilliant combination of minimalist costume and set combined with a slightly sarcastic commentary on classical ballet. I had previously thought that it was a bit of a sin to combine what is essentially a new storyline with Tchaikowski's music but I was completely wrong. Instead of a new story it is truly a modern representation of the classic, but in a way that a modern audience can really understand instead of seeing it through the eyes of another era. From the swan's jubilant celebration of life to the Prince's suffocating descent into madness it was captivating from start to finish.
It really has made me realise that performers need to really consider more the elements of music that transcend culture and era and then make sure that the audience understands them as well.
On a slightly negative note I was absolutely disgusted with some of the orchestral playing. I have heard more spirited playing from 10 year olds and there were just too many inexcusable mistakes which were plainly the result of just not really knowing the music well enough.
But thankfully the rest of it was so absolutely wonderful it somehow managed to get past the rather sketchy music.
If you do anything this Christmas go and see it. It is not something to be missed.