I don’t go to the ballet very often, I’ve always prefered modern dance. But this past spring my friends Toby and Hannah and I saw the ABT production of Manon at the Met and we were all enchanted!
I don’t remember being so taken with ballet before. I think the last ballet I saw was Sleeping Beauty a few seasons ago and it left me cold.
But Manon has it all – a love triangle, an unusal Act III setting (French beauty dies in New Orleans swamp!), great costumes, a lovely Jules Massanet score, glorious choreography by Kenneth McMillan with beautiful, sexy pas de deux for Manon and her lover, and fabulous dancers in every role.
I think Marvin Hamlisch had it right in A Chorus Line — everything is beautiful at the ballet!
Maybe I should give opera another chance too?
Dana Susan Lehrman