Life at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy
Whilst competing at Tanzolymp 2015 (see my post here), in Berlin, I also had the chance to appreciate Staatsballett’s production of Sleeping Beauty fully outfitted in Nacho Duato’s new choreography – it really was a beautiful spectacle with fabulous sets and costumes. Tchaikovsky’s traditional music was left alone, however, apart from a few moments of necessary resemblance to Petipa’s original choreography, the rest took the classical style in an entirely new direction. Though I didn’t recognise it as typical Duato, the choreography possessed a flare and experimental quality that only he could have created. Below is the link to the trailer:
Making the most of being in Berlin, I visited the Yumiko store. Yumiko make the best fitting dance leotards in the most amazing colour combinations; probably because they are designed by a dancer. When you spend all day, every day in leotards, it’s important to feel good in them!
I also saw some of the famous sights of Berlin Including the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Museum Island, the Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Cathedral. The hotel I was staying in was right next to the famous TV tower – so it was always easy to find our way home!
I also, of course, tried out some fabulous foodie places including a Vietnamese restaurant called Monsieur Vuong and a great vegan restaurant (discovered by my friend, Michelle) called Kopps that blew my mind!
I also couldn’t visit Berlin without experiencing the Ritter Sport Factory where you can make your own chocolate bar!
I really was sad to leave Berlin; every moment I spent there was spectacular! I hope to do the competition again next year so I’ll be able to see more!