How do you deal with writer’s block? That’s probably the most frequently asked question of any author and their least favourite to answer. I decided to tackle finding an answer in 2017 by drawing inspiration other forms of art. Once a month I’ll be trying something different and discussing the results.
For February, I attended a ballet presentation of Cinderella at a local theatre with some friends.
I should mention first that I am not new to ballet. I personally didn’t make it far in lessons as a child, mainly because my teacher felt the classes were better suited to young ladies and not monkeys. My sister, however, was a different story. For years ballet was her life. I vividly remember how gruelling it was on her, especially on her feet. Point is brutal. No matter what happens in a production of this sort, I will always have an admiration for what the ballerinas go through and do. This is not an easy life to choose. For that reason alone, they deserve applause.
Ballet storytelling is different from any other you may encounter. It’s very speculative and in some cases a little hard to follow. There is no narrative, only dance. A program can be very useful, albeit they usually are quite expensive. Inside you’ll find a breakdown of the scenes and a list of who plays which character. If you decide to go it without a guide, you will have to pay very close attention to details. Costumes, although, usually brightly coloured, are made to represent classical ballet.
Once you know who each of the characters are, you should be able to follow along quite easily. You’ll hear a lot of people say they enjoyed the second half of a production better than the first for that reason alone.
This particular production had its ups and downs, but for the most part was well done in my opinion. Cinderella, of course, is a classic tale that is hard not to love. The fairy godmother and her fairy posse were the highlight of the evening, showing off incredible skill in their dancing abilities.
Are you wondering about the results of my experiment? It was a great evening out with good friends and I enjoyed myself immensely, but I didn’t find the same inspiration levels as I did in January.
February’s visit to the ballet was, in my opinion, a success from a social standpoint! Most authors are, after all, introverts. I am no different. Going out once in a while is a good thing!
I am, however, looking to keep that creativity flowing. In March, my family is planning the destination for my birthday. It’s a surprise for everyone, even me! I hope you’ll join me for those results next month!
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