Five Ballet Weddings From Hell

by Emilia on April 29, 2011

We hear you. You can’t stand the buzz about a “certain wedding” anymore. Everywhere you look, it’s all about fairy-tale endings, cheese and romance. You don’t care whether the bride will be wearing vintage McQueen, nor about who made it to the Queen’s private party. You refuse to watch the populist media coverage or to collect made-in-china tacky souvenirs. Except you may tune into Twitter to see what the Fug Girls are saying. Or you might follow their liveblog (we confess we will!), after all, they are calling the big event The Royal Fugging.

Well, look no further than this post for the perfect antidote: a bit of escapism and Schadenfreude via “Five Ballet Weddings From Hell”

La Bayadère - Spoiled rich brat Gamzatti wants hunky warrior Solor all for herself. But dead rival Nikiya still manages to show up and spoil Gam’s big day:

Les Noces - Has a bride ever looked less jubilant?

Lilac Garden - Perfectly captures the mood of resignation of a bride and groom who are entering into a marriage of convenience:

Mayerling - The ultimate anti-fairytale ballet, with a terrifying wedding night to match. We shiver!

Ondine - Sealed with a kiss. And then he dies:

Thanks to everyone on Twitter who contributed to this list!


Stella April 29, 2011 at 3:31 am

The wedding of Odette and Prince Siegfried in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. All is going well until the Prince’s old mistress, the Baroness von Rothbart, shows up (who is also favoured by the Queen over Odette), spoils the party, and after a pas de trois and some crazy fouettes, poor Odette is carted off to the looney asylum. It’s one of the Australian Ballet’s most popular shows http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyy5qgyqlsY

La Darina April 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

How about the The Fountain of Bakhchisarai? It all ends in tears ;)

And another Pushkin-based ballet… Onegin as it covers more or less the same territory as Lilac Garden!

Manhattnik May 6, 2011 at 1:08 am

I guess we don’t actually see Edward II get married? Too bad; think of the possibilities!

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