Last Christmas, as you may recall from Palais Garnier & Gratin, I had the luxury of spending the holiday with friends in Paris, France. We ate our hearts out, indulging generously in Foie Gras, Pain au Chocolat and the like and everything was precisely as it should be… I even witnessed my first live performance of the Paris Opera Ballet on the grandeur stage of the Palais Garnier Opera House. I sat there in tears as the most breathtaking dancers ate the stage with delicate fury and made a secret wish that someday that just might be me.
Well… Here I am. One year later, and I can proudly, albeit humbly tell you that the opportunity arose. Quell Surprise!
The Royal Danish Ballet just completed our week long tour to Paris, where we brought August Bournonville’s (adapted by Nikolaj Hübbe) Napoli to life once again…From Copenhagen to Costa Mesa, Washington D.C. to Pareeeee….We took on the Phantom of the Opera-inspired palace with honor & gratitude.
Here’s a sneak peak into the city of towers & truffles, croissants & crepes, velvet seating & magical studios…
Here’s to fresh encounters & a welcome rendezvous…
Every now & then I find that specific recipes or pictures just beacon to be shared…they’re too perfectly pretty or flavorful to be kept all for myself.. Such was this recipe for Avocado-Egg Salad open-faced Sandwiches that I developed as a before/during/after performance snack ~ ideal for it’s generous protein-carb ratio and power packing nutrients…See the October/November issue of Pointe Magazine for recipe details!
Power Snacks & Timeless Acts~p.e.
The final leg of our 4-week USA tour brought us to the island of Manhattan…A city of lights, taxis, skyscrapers and art lovers that welcomed the Royal Danish Ballet with fancy freedom. We had the honor of performing in the New York City Ballet’s David Koch Theater, located in the heart of Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side, where we danced for audiences aplenty during a surreal week of wonder.
Between friend & family re-unions, frequented cafés of yesteryear, crabby cabbies and endless nights… I savored the sights, smells and simple magic that only the City can provide.
Atlast the season has come to an end…Sigh. It’s been a complete whirlwind of challenges, rewards, opportunities, passion, exhaustion, love & laughter…and now, summer greets us with a smile.
Here’s to ripe berries of every kind & color, stone fruit cobblers and storing the satin shoes away for a while…Sweet returns to a sleepless city, friends, family & freedom.
Season’s end & Summer’s Serenity~p.e.
Last week the Royal Danish Ballet’s USA Tour took us to the Nation’s Capital where we performed at the The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. An elaborate venue that has hosted several world-renowned companies over the past 5 decades—a cultural gem in the midst of memorials and monuments aplenty…
Despite melting temperatures, we found time to appreciate our “Capital Exchange” from Copenhagen to D.C.~
Alas, we find ourselves in the City that Never Sleeps…which greeted us famously after our final Sunday matinee in Washington.
RDB now takes on New York City where we will be performing a mixed repertoire over the next week…Stop by Lincoln Center if you wish to join us for our final week of the Season!
See here for tickets & info :)
National Pride & Pointe Shoes~p.e.
Click Here for the Washington Post’s review of FolkTale!