It was a pretty busy week, considering that my life is constrained by the two to four hour window between sessions at the breast pump. Thankfully our childcare crisis has eased a bit, as the wife of MoBob's friend agreed to look after Baby Z until she herself gives birth in October.
On Thursday evening, I attended WIN's Women Opening Doors for Women event. I hadn't been for a couple of years, when I attended the mid-life crisis dinner; this time I went to the working moms dinner. I was inspired and depressed at the same time. Gah.
On Friday afternoon, I went to the first playgroup session of my mommy group. The last baby was born a couple of days ago - hard to believe that we're now all moms. The evenings we spent crafting and learning yoga massage seem so long ago. Baby Z did well and seemed to enjoy making new friends.
The rest of my post will now be devoted to...ballet. On Friday and Saturday I attended two performances of Ballet Across America at the Kennedy Center. I'd originally bought a ticket for Friday night and at the last minute decided to attend the Saturday matinee after reading the WaPo's glowing review. I haven't seen a lot of ballet, and certainly contemporary ballet edges into modern dance, especially when the dancers start dragging, squatting, and running to music by Phillip Glass. Though one significant factor that I liked in contemporary ballet is that male dancers are given equal time and aren't just propping up the female stars. In fact, each male dancer got a single rose of their female counterparts' bouquets at the end. Also, even though I was up in the nosebleed seats, I could still hear every individual thump of every pointe shoe.
My favorite performances were:
North Carolina Dance Theatre's Rhapsodic Dances
First, the gorgeous costumes that were modern versions of the classics. In fact I felt that the colors were an additional element to the actual choreography. This piece was recognizably traditional with a well-known score (Rachmaninoff) but was definitely 21st century. In fact, during one segment the lead dancer took off her tutu and used it as a prop.
Dance Theater of Harlem's Return
So much fun to see classically trained dancers grooving to James Brown and Aretha Franklin. I loved seeing "real" bodies on stage (and everyone wore flesh-colored pointe shoes) and dancing the way one does at weddings and family parties. DTH's piece was definitely the most accessible out of all the performances. They did do a couple of innovative scenes; one where a pas de deux took place in total silence, and another piece where the two dancers performed in the dark and were spotlighted whenever they paused.
The Sarasota Ballet's Les Patineurs (The Ice-Skaters)
An absolutely delightful performance - so cute and clever! I'd rather watch this every winter than The Nutcracker. Somehow the dancers were able to simulate the "whoosh whoosh" sound of skating, and several of them even "fell." Really charming and funny. Even more fun if you're a big ice-skating fan already.
My favorite part of my time at the Kennedy Center though was when MB dropped me off at the main entrance, and a gentleman opened the car door for me and escorted me under an umbrella. I told him that I felt like a queen and he said that I was, it was only a matter of attitude. He really made my day.