It thrills me to do things I love to do, but don’t do often. Going to the ballet ranks high on this list. FOF sister, Heidi, treated me tonight to a New York City Ballet performance of Jewels, choreographed by George Balanchine. I know next to nothing about ballet, but I’m always transfixed by the grace, strength and flexibility of the dancers. Watching their synchronized movements, I worry that one of them will fall out of step. No one ever does, but I guess I’d never really recognize it if someone did.
Jewels has three parts-–Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds—each costumed in the color of the jewel. The program said the ballet “isn’t so much about gems as about some facets of classical dancing,” but as far as I was concerned, the ballerinas all looked like dancing jewels.
Charles Askegard, the featured dancer in Diamonds, will be dancing his farewell performance with the NYCB on Sunday. After 14 years with the company, Charles is leaving to start his own company. Married to Sex in the City writer, FOF Candace Bushnell, he is 42, 11 years her junior. Bravo, Charles!