A summer schedule in the capital region always includes an event at SPAC. I wrote a blog recently about Saratoga Performing Arts and all the great music and performances they have. One of those is the time honored tradition of several New York City Ballet performances. Every year, they have a two week residency at SPAC. They are back again this year of course, but only through July 30th, so hurry up!
I loved going to see dance performances as a kid, and the NYC Ballet was the tops! I was very involved in dance as a kid, and loved reading books about the company, and taking VHSs of performances out of the library. Ballet is incredible – the strength, grace, emotion, not to mention the hard work behind each performance is breath-taking. One of the most stunning things about ballet is how effortless it all appears, while what it really is is endless training and physical maintenance, pain-staking costume making, meticulous sets and lighting – and a lot of sweat and bruised toes.
NYCB will be performing some classics, as well as unveiling a few newly choreographed pieces, for a total of 16 ballets and 8 choreographers. Of course, there will be Balanchine choreography. They are also bringing out “Rhapsody in Blue” – who doesn’t love Gershwin (really? Who? They same people who don’t like ice cream I bet)?! You could be lucky enough to see the premier of a few new ballets they have lined up as well. They opened this season with A Mid-Summer’s Night Dream, the same ballet they opened with 50 years ago at SPAC!
I’m quite sure that all who attend the performances will enjoy the shows thoroughly. So, please go out to support these hard workers – both dancers and crew. Ballet makes life just a little bit more beautiful (except the toes. That’s pretty rough). Last but not least, I would like to show you my totally awesome vintage T-shirt.