Poland, Day 15 (A Night at the Opera)

by Assistant Artistic Director, Lorna Hernandez Jarvis

Before the Opera

Our dancers got a huge challenge today. They were invited to take class with the Polish National Ballet Company!  They all worked very hard and did wonderfully.  The class was fast paced and almost entirely in Polish with a few English words here and there.  It just shows how dance is a universal language.  The students kept up with the class just fine.  After it we were invited to watch rehearsal for the end of the year program of the Polish National Ballet School.  We watched three different casts do the same pieces of what seemed to be a fairy story ballet choreographed for them by the school director.  The students were the more advanced students in the school and they were 16-18 years of age.  

We then had lunch at the Opera House cafeteria, and started our own rehearsal from 2:00-4:30.  After that, we got ready to attend a performance of the opera Mary Stuart.  We had dinner at the cafeteria again relaxed for a bit, and then went to the House to watch the Opera.  It was a very interesting production with amazing singers and sets.  For several of our dancers this was the first time ever watching/listening to an opera. I must admit that a couple of them fell asleep! (Understandably since they were dancing all day, and have had two very busy weeks).  It was really nice to be in the Opera House in the audience.  It is an impressive and beautiful theater.  Many of our dancers are saying that they are sad the tour is almost over.  They wish they could stay longer!  Even though we have kept them extremely busy and they have had little time to be tourists and no time for shopping, they seem to think this has been an amazing experience.  Tomorrow we get up early so we can take a bus to Lodz for our last performance.  It will be an exciting closing show to the tour.  We will be dancing with several dancers from the Polish National Ballet, with Breanna and Maria performing two of the Don Quixote Bridesmaids variations, Julianna dancing Dying Swan, and Corinne dancing the pas de deux from Act II of Swan Lake with Eduard Bablidze.  I could not be more proud of our dancers!  I hope you will all be thinking of them as we close our tour tomorrow night.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at home soon.