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post #16 of 27
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This one:

 

https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-15-16/ballet/jerome-bel-jerome-robbins

 

I was excited to see that the  costumes for part of it were designed by Sartori (of Berluti). 

 

I am a real ballet virgin. Never had an interest to go. But I am also a history and culture buff and thought I would grab the opportunity to go there. This could turn me on to ballet.

 

Ballet, modern or classical, is among the more sublime forms of artistic expression and experience. I sincerely hope you enjoy it. I can't imagine a place that would give you a better first time experience.

 

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Believe it or not I don't even own a Black Tie outfit. 

 

That does, indeed, make it easy. You should wear whatever makes you most comfortable.

 

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Unless it is a special gala, you will look like a toursit with a black tie, just like the people wearing jeans you will meet there.

 

That seems unlikely, but I'l take your word for it. But so what?

 

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Well, the first ballet I ever attended was in Garnier. I was married for year or so, my wife had a business trip to Paris, and I tagged along. She managed to get tickets for "Parsifal - Episodes et écho" by John Neumeier - this was a true spectacle by Hambourg Ballet. I then realized one thing, people with good old classical education can easily enjoy ballet, and pick all the clues and references given out by music, movement, scene and costume. It was fascinating that I was able to understand the "story" with only vaguely knowing who Parsifal was.

 

I don't think it's entirely necessary to have a certain type of education in order to enjoy ballet, or any form of dance, really. It can be enough to appreciate the artistry and skill of the dancers.

post #17 of 27
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I don't think it's entirely necessary to have a certain type of education in order to enjoy ballet, or any form of dance, really. It can be enough to appreciate the artistry and skill of the dancers.

I'd like to quote pretty woman's Edward Lewis here: 'People's reactions to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic; they either love it or they hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don't, they may learn to appreciate it, but it will never become part of their soul.'

 

Pretty much agree with what the others say and the packing of a navy suit. Are you going on an evening or a Matinee?

post #18 of 27
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I'd like to quote pretty woman's Edward Lewis here: 'People's reactions to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic; they either love it or they hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don't, they may learn to appreciate it, but it will never become part of their soul.'

 

Pretty much agree with what the others say and the packing of a navy suit. Are you going on an evening or a Matinee?


But the OP is attending a ballet. Different animal entirely. :)

post #19 of 27
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But the OP is attending a ballet. Different animal entirely. :)

Interesting, would love to hear your thoughts on this. I've been to a few performances of both in Sydney and feel that at its essence they're both the narrative of a story using different types of artistic mediums.

post #20 of 27
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Interesting, would love to hear your thoughts on this. I've been to a few performances of both in Sydney and feel that at its essence they're both the narrative of a story using different types of artistic mediums.

 

I think you're right.

 

It comes down to personal preference, I suppose. Or that which I appreciate more. I've always appreciated dance, especially classical and modern ballet. The movement in space, the grace, the artistry, all appeal to me. Opera, on the other hand, is not an art form that I get all that excited about. It's a different medium. To me, opera is primarily aural and I don't find the particular forms or styles of operatic singing to be all that accessible.

 

Dance I get, opera not so much.

post #21 of 27
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But the OP is attending a ballet. Different animal entirely. smile.gif

Nor entirely. They both have same origin - ancient Greek drama, reincarnated in renesaince Italy.
post #22 of 27
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PS. I wasn't even planning to take a navy suit. But now I will.

Yes, you absolutely should. Dark suit and tie will be invaluable for opera as well as dinner at fancy restaurants.
post #23 of 27
Want to shift your mindset a bit. There are plenty of people in jeans there. Same as the Met. You want to dress for the occasion and remember that it is, in fact, an occasion. I have worn a suit there and worn an odd jacket and been fine. Plenty were in tuxedos and plenty were in jeans. Dress to your level of reverence for the artistic medium.
post #24 of 27
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I'd like to quote pretty woman's Edward Lewis here: 'People's reactions to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic; they either love it or they hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don't, they may learn to appreciate it, but it will never become part of their soul.'

Pretty much agree with what the others say and the packing of a navy suit. Are you going on an evening or a Matinee?
In the evening.

I will take the blue suit.
post #25 of 27
Roycru just posted this link in a different thread. I thought it might be inspirational.

http://lastnightatthemet.com/
Edited by Veremund - 1/17/16 at 11:44am
post #26 of 27
Interesting link Veremund. Thanks for posting.

Based on what is in those photos, my traditional 1BPL black tie rig will be out of place only in the sense that it won't be fashion-forward enough for a night there, and my chances of getting photographed are slim to none. Fine by me :-)

I'm not worried about looking like a tourist in BT when we go.....


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post #27 of 27
Wear a lounge suit, romantic scent, patent leather shoes and an understated rolex
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