On this day: a Ballet Premiere



The romantic ballet La Sylphide premiered in Paris on the 12th of March, 1832. The ballet was created by Italian choreographer Filippo Taglioni as a showcase for his ballerina daughter Marie, the dancer generally credited with being the first to ever dance en pointe.

As the original production was lost, French choreographer Pierre Lacotte used old records and images to recreate a new production for the Paris Opera in the 1970s.

This promotional photograph by Francette Levieux is from the revival. It features Michaël Denard as James and Ghislaine Thesmar in the title role. Thesmar is the wife of Lacotte.

The Week: 1st – 7th February

Rex the Burmese Cat Sleeping in Summer

Rex’s tough week!

I’m lazy this week, (and it’s my birthday – after my mother’s, and ANOTHER lunch with Ukrainian embassy staff on Wednesday), so here are some links instead:

Let the ironic male tears fall The “make rape legal” guys cancel meetups because they don't feel safe

Let the ironic male tears fall: The “make rape legal” guys cancel meetups because they don’t feel safe

Aurélie Dupont in Don Quixote

Aurélie Dupont Is Named Director of Paris Opera Ballet

(This makes me very happy, because Natalie Portman’s husband was given the job, and he was totally wrong for it! He lasted fifteen months!)

Need some drama in my book? I’ll rape the heroine (or hero)!

Shades of Gray by Maya Banks

Book Adaptation: Bitten 1×01 to 1×04

Bitten - Season 1

My review of Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong

My review of Bound to Darkness (Midnight Breed #13) by Lara Adrian

Bound to Darkness (Midnight Breed #13) by Lara Adrian

My review of The Best Laid Wedding Plans (Magnolia Brides #1) by Lynnette Austin

The Best Laid Wedding Plans (Magnolia Brides #1) by Lynnette Austin 


My Weekend

Giselle Paris Opera Ballet


We went to Sydney to see closing night of the Paris Opera Ballet’s Giselle over the weekend. Being the Paris Opera Ballet, of course the production was gorgeous and the dancers’ technique was perfect. Nolwenn Daniel, who danced the Queen of the Wilis, has the best bourrée I’ve ever seen! It is such a pity they performed in such a strange theatre, with neon lights and television screens in the foyer, and big, neon-lit Candy Bars INSIDE the auditorium. Ugh. Also, Act Two was kind of ruined by people’s phones ringing. UGH!

Paris Opera Ballet Giselle1


Such a pity too, because it was easily the best performance of the second act of Giselle I have ever seen. I can’t think of a company who could match the Paris Opera Ballet in that. So nice to see people dancing in the ‘Romantic’ style; practically everyone performs Giselle with flashy modern technique these days, and it does not suit.

 Paris Opera Ballet Giselle


There’s a really great Spanish restaurant near the theatre; there was a queue going halfway down the road before it opened. And the staff pronounce ‘Tapas’ and ‘Paella’ properly (which is something you almost never hear in Australia!). We accidentally tipped them three times what we intended to, but I’d say they deserved it!

Encasa Sydney

Apart from passing through the airport about a thousand times, I hadn’t spent time in Sydney for years. I don’t care either way, but I’ve never seen so many people with tattoos in my life as I saw in the city over the weekend! I guess it’s the fashion there. I’d never get one because, honestly, who voluntarily has people stab them with sharp things?! Not for me EVER!!

We stopped in the historic village of Berrima on the way home and had a great lunch at The Olde Magpie Café.

Magpie Cafe Berrima

Sydney is green; they get plenty of rain. Then you get closer home to Canberra, and you have things like Lake George, below. There’s not a lot of water, considering it’s a lake! My parents remember the days when people used to travel there with their boats on a weekend… Now you find cattle where the water is supposed to be!

Sonya Heaney Lake George Australia 10th February 2013