Before we left for St Petersburg, we decided to book tickets to see ‘Swan Lake’ at the Mariinsky Theatre. While I normally do a lot of research on things to do in a certain area, this was the first time that I’d actually booked something. And it was fantastic.
Firstly, it gave our trip a bit of a focus. We had to plan our time around the theatre visit and it meant that we were a little bit more organised throughout. Secondly, the show was fantastic. Neither of us had ever been to the ballet before and, despite being a little bit apprehensive, we loved it.
However, there were a few minor hiccups. Mainly, that for the first two acts, I didn’t have a clue what was going on!
If I had been a little bit more sensible, I would have looked it up in advance. Instead, I had to spend the first half of the ballet trying to align the plot with what what happens in the film “The Black Swan”. At the interval, I had a quick look on Wikipedia and from then on it was lot easier to understand. Also, Wikipedia informed me that were a number of potential endings which meant that I was desperate to find out which one it would be! (Spoiler: They Live!)
I had assumed that we would be unable to take any photos during the performance but we were allowed to take a few. The quality isn’t great and some are a bit blurry – they move pretty fast – but I hope you like them!
Unfortunately, this post brings us to the end of my St Petersburg posts. However, there are a few upcoming trips on the agenda and, while I need to take a few weeks to finish off my dissertation and prepare to submit the final few essays of my degree, I will be back with updates in no time at all!