This past Sunday was my coworker Susan’s 30th birthday, and instead of doing something common like go to a bar, she decided to go to the ballet! We went to the Seoul Arts Center again (we’ve ended up there several times this year). This time we sat pretty close to the front. I haven’t had a lot of experience with ballet except for the annual Nutcracker performances around Christmas, so this was an interesting experience.
The stage opened with a very simplified set design of large white, slightly curved shapes that moved around the stage to create different spaces. The whole effect was so subtle and beautiful. I was really impressed with the choreography– it was a nice combination of refined but also humorous at times and included some modern dance. The fight scene at the end where Tybalt and Mercutio die was amazingly done in slow motion. The dancing was all flawless and impressive. I was surprised at how easy it was to follow the story without words (I’d forgotten many details). It was an experience well enjoyed, and I hope to go more often this year.
Afterward we went to the Outback Steakhouse! A place I look forward to as a treat, here. Unlimited warm bread with honey butter, meals served without kimchi or rice as the main ingredient. It was a really nice evening.