On Friday, Feb. 11th, my sisters took me to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of Moulin Rouge, at the Sony Centre.
It was a perfect date night, and they were the best Valentines that I could’ve asked for.
We started at my place, with wine and cheese, before we went to the Papillon on Front for an amazing dinner (more on that, later). We walked to the Sony Centre from there, and after the show we listened to the sweet tunes of Sydney’s doppelganger at the Royal York’s Library Bar (more on that later, too).
Luckily, we read the synopsis before hand, which helped a lot. I’ve seen the movie Moulin Rouge, but the story line of the ballet is different. The artistic director of the ballet introduced the show and encouraged everyone to read the synopsis before the show began. It’s interesting that he did that, because it seemed that he was concerned we wouldn’t understand the plot otherwise.
The show was really beautiful. I loved (most of) the costumes, save for the few that looked like figure skater’s outfits (green fairy, you disappoint). The can-can dancers wore frilly undies, which we got to see often. The men mostly wore suits, which were much more flattering than tights. And, there was an overwhelming amount of sparkles, in a good way.
Our favourite scene was at the end of act two, when Nathalie and Matthiew danced under the Eiffel tower…it reminded me of a date I had once under the Eiffel tower. And my sisters didn’t even laugh at me when I told them that I felt I could really relate to that scene, and that it really reflected my own life. Hahaha. Best. Valentines. Ever.
The only criticism we really had for the show was that the music wasn’t live. Maybe it had to do with the fact that they were touring.
Overall, a beautiful night with my beautiful sisters that I will never forget. Thank-you!!