Ballet and Formula One

We saw the Hamburg Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Brisbane on Saturday night.

It’s a weird, slightly dated production with some bizarre (modern for the 1970s) music added to pad out Mendelssohn’s score. Then the other half of the ballet is gorgeous. The company has a huge number of dancers from Ukraine and the Baltics – seems to be a trend!


We had a nice surprise: Alina Cojocaru – the Margot Fonteyn of this generation – was dancing as a guest artist. It’s not the first time (or the second or third) I’ve seen her dance live, but it is the first time I’ve seen her perform on this side of the world, and also the first time in years. She is unbelievably good.

Oh, and I’m now a little in love with her partner of the night: Thiago Bordin.

In other news, I nearly died at the beginning of the Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday night. That crash was very scary, and for a minute there it looked like Fernando Alonso was seriously hurt.

What a mess of a race.

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