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A Ballet Drama – and a new leotard – for Christmas

by Emilia on December 1, 2011

Tis the season to be jolly. Or is it? The end of the year is approaching and, while everyone is getting deep into Nutcracker mode, we are still mulling over a season of epic drama and tragic heroines, including a long run of Manons, a gorgeous new Romeo and Juliet, plus brief encounters with the frail Marguerite from Lady of the Camellias, the doomed Anna Karenina and even the tormented Blanche DuBois.

From classic fairy tales (Swan Lake, La Sylphide) to the extra gritty and dark dramas (Mayerling, Onegin), a good tearjerker is an ideal excuse to curl up in the sofa with a mug of hot cocoa, thus perfect for the dark months of winter.

With the help of our Twitter followers, we assembled a new edition of our NY Mag-inspired approval matrix, this time with they key ingredients for a successful drama ballet. So let’s embrace the Grinch within!

With thanks to everyone on Twitter who sent in suggestions!


To celebrate its upcoming anniversary, Yumiko is giving away TWO exclusive Elise leotards (have a look at our current sidebar banner). Lucky winners will receive made to order pieces in the size they wear.

How to enter:

Use comment form below or email us at theballetbag [at] gmail.com by 15 December and let us know:

What is your favorite ballet drama and why?

Entries from all over the globe are welcome. You can send us image/video links if you like. Be creative & good luck.

And do stay tuned for lots of Yumiko in 2012! The company will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary all year long with new models, contests, and giveaways.

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Lucy December 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I love Matthew Bournes Swan Lake. His interesting twist on the story of Swan Lake by portraying the swans as men is genius. In his version the swans are much more predatory and mean just as in real life. His interpretation of the original score is also so brilliant because he did not re-invent the a whole new score for it. This almost recycled art ballet (because he was truly recycling the Swan Lake Ballet and re-created it into another work of art) …

In traditional ballets no choreographer would devote an entire ballet to question gender roles, however it is about time that they did and Matthew Bourne does this beautifully. A man falling in love with a white male swan… which other swans eventually eat? This ballet questions so many psychological concepts of relationships and opens up an awkwardly twisted situation for the audience to ponder as the princes falls in love with the same man that his mother is falling in love with and another question of why won’t a mother love her only son whom constantly seeks her approval….

Matthew Bourne also brings to light many social dances and current topics in this ballet by showing the bump and grind section and the 70’s style bar that the prince goes to… also the gawdy girlfriend is such an interesting character to find in a full length ballet.

The style of movement in this ballet isn’t purely ballet which is very refreshing… the mix of contemporary movements with ballet and social dances gives the audience a lot of visual eye candy when watching this ballet.

To round out an evening of genius the sets and backdrops are gorgeous and so ornate that it does give the feeling of an opulent palace and in contrast the “asylum” that the prince ends up in is dressed so minimally that it just gives a feeling of impending doom and a soon to be demise of the prince.

If you have not seen this you should. This is a made for tv movie-esque situation turned into an amazing ballet with dynamic and virtuosic dancers (the men are so amazing that one should watch this ballet just to see the male swans) can really show you an entirely new side to romantic ballets and what new and upcoming choreographers have at their hands in terms of plots to create in the future. The recycle of the classical ballets is more than likely where ballet is headed in the future and this ballet is a testament to how wonderful recycled ballets can be.

Emilia December 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Thanks so much for your entries everyone. We have quite a few emails and comments to read in detail & will be in touch with winner announcements in the New Year.

In the meantime, happy holidays & cross your fingers ;)

Christine May 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

i love your leos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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