Just wanted to tell you about what I got up to last night. I was fortunate enough to have been a guest at the WA Ballet’s performance of The Taming of the Shrew, and it was such a wonderful night.
Now, I like ballet, but I understand that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. And that’s fine, but this performance is such a treat that even if you aren’t normally a fan of the graceful art, then you should take note.
You are probably aware of the age old story of The Taming of the Shrew, so you’ll remember that it’s a comedy. The talented dancers in the WA Ballet moved beautifully and were brilliantly comic. There was laughter roaring through the crowd from start to finish, and the buzz at interval and after the show was electric. If you have never been to the ballet before, or if you want to show someone else how fun it can be, then this is definitely the show for a first timer.
It got off to a shaky start with the lead dancer injuring her ankle in the first scene! The understudy took to the stage after a little break and she really shone. Interestingly, the two leads had never rehearsed together before, but they put on a spectacular show. Well, they are professionals, after all!
Prior to the performance I attended a special event Lipstick Barre. These are held twice a year, and are a delightfully girly experience. I understand the format changes slightly, with different guests and events, but last night attendees enjoyed hand treatments from Bridget Black which were incredible! We were treated to wine and champagne flowing freely, accompanying delicious duck salads and poached salmon. The artistic director had an illuminating chat with us about the performance. Although this biannual event is marketed towards the ladies, there were a few blokes up there – hand treatments, drinks and snacks are for all! If this sounds like your cup of tea I encourage you to head to a Lipstick Barre next year.
The Taming of the Shrew is showing until 24 September. Tickets and more info can be found here. I really do encourage you to go – you won’t be disappointed!
And huge thanks to Kasey for your great hospitality.