Attending the LINES ballet was an incredible experience as I had never seen anything like it! The dancers all seemed to be classically trained though the dancing was quite modern. In addition, some of the movements and poses that the dancers executed were truly awe-inspiring, and gave the name LINES a whole new meaning.
I had not realized beforehand that the performance was actually two separate pieces (Scheherazade being the latter) with an intermission in between. The live music during the first half was certainly added entertainment though the music recording in the second allowed one to focus more attention on the dancing and the exact harmony of the dancing with the music. In my opinion, the dancing in the second half seemed to be more energetic as well.
The set was simple overall though the “flowy” lights that floated from the ceiling all the way to the floor provided a nice dramatic effect. The music, for the most part, embodied what I think of as Oriental though it is difficult to put that definition into words (as we discovered in class last week). On the other hand, the costumes, especially those of the female dances, did not seem particularly Oriental to me (in addition to the fact that the dancer playing Scheherazade looked very European with her pale skin). In fact, I found the costumes a bit confusing at times as Scheherazade switched from a white sparkly leotard to a blue one part way through the ballet (or maybe I was just confused so please correct me if I am wrong). As a side note, I wonder what King’s aim was in including the two veiled figures (perhaps a reminder of Arab culture) who stand in the background during one of the dances.
Furthermore, as Veronica mentioned, it was challenging to figure out which parts of the Scheherazade tale were being depicted in the dances though I believe King made a conscious decision to not really follow the storyline as the article and our visitors discussed (and instead to embrace women as savior, etc.). I actually did not get as strong of an impression of the female as savior as our visitors had implied but am interested to hear others’ thoughts on this topic. However, regardless of the somewhat ambiguous (though intriguing) interpretation, the ballet was a beautiful piece of art in its own right.
(I thought I would post this time in English since there is already one posting about the ballet in French and this way, those from both sections can respond.)