A glimpse into what it takes to produce world-class ballet, from the Royal Ballet.
These days you can’t go anywhere in public without tripping over a flash mob – and frankly I’m underwhelmed by the actual dancing – so this video is more about brilliant architecture. Though the two sour-faced customers filmed leaving did amuse me. Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas, is a glorious bit of bling that works superbly as a library. I spent many happy hours there.
Live from the 2007 Moisture Festival in Seattle, a showcase for comedy, variety, and burlesque acts. The aptly named Shoehorn plays saxophone and tap dances at the same time. I have fond memories of the Moisture Festival, a wonderful, wacky event that reaches parts other festivals can’t even find with both hands. Watch out for more acts over the next few weeks.
Let’s hear it for the ghosts of 2012, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. I love this music by Saint-Saens.
Here’s a treat. The full version of The Nutcracker, danced by the Royal Ballet, and made available by the Guardian for viewing from the 19th to the 26th. Get it while you can. One of the things I most keenly miss from Seattle is seeing the Pacific Northwest Ballet version, with sets by Maurice Sendak, every Christmas.
Here’s a taster of the PNB version.