Must Go’s: Dance Into The Magical World Of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake

Something that most of the people who have met me would never be able to guess is that I used to take ballet classes when I was a little girl in hopes of one day becoming a graceful ballerina. And if you see me now, you’d think the same thing, as I am so NOT slim like a ballerina should be (since your toes need to carry your full weight!). I sadly gave up ballet quite fast as I wasn’t very good at it, but yet, my longing to watch ballet performances has never changed. Just watching movies like Center Stage and Black Swan made me want to regain my ballet feet, but alas, my dedication and diet preferences (I love food too much. Shh…) makes this quite an impossible feat!

And so, when I first caught wind that Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is drifting to our shores, my heart soared with anticipation and an even deeper longing! I once watched a snippet of it during my ballet days and with this being a full-length performance, it is sure to be enchanting! And guess what! It’s going to be held at the Genting International Showroom at Resorts World Genting! Cool temperatures + ballet = Heaven on Earth!

I also grew up watching Disney’s The Swan Princess and remember it fondly. How wonderful would it be to finally see the true story unfolding before my eyes, just the way Tchaikovsky meant it to be seen.

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In 1875, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed Swan Lake, a masterpiece that would be synonymous with his name alongside The Nutcracker. Featuring some of the most beloved pieces in the classical canon, Swan Lake is a spellbinding riveting tale of love, magic and tragedy, chronicling the tale of how Prince Siegfried fell in love with the beautiful Odette while he was hunting by a lake during his birthday. Unfortunately, Odette’s curse by the evil sorcerer Van Rothbart stand in the way of their growing love. 1877, the first Swan Lake ballet premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and it has continued to win the hearts of its audience all over the world for over two centuries. The secret to Swan Lake’s popularity is not just in Tchaikovsky’s genius—it is also attributed to the beauty of ballet as an art form to effectively bring the compelling story of Odette and Prince Siegfried to life.

For the first time ever in Malaysia for their Asia Premiere, a professional full-UK ballet cast is bringing Tchaikovsky’s iconic and mesmerizing Swan Lake to glorious life in a full-length performance at the Genting International Showroom at Resorts World Genting. With six spectacular shows set to be staged from Aug 24th to 26th, and from Aug 31st to Sept 2nd , be ready to marvel at the graceful moves and pirouettes executed by the masterful dancers from Ballet West UK, as led by soloists Jonathan Barton, Natasha Wilson and Uyu Hiromoto together with ballerinas from the UK and all over Europe.

A pioneer in the world of dance, Ballet West UK has been responsible for building numerous success stories in the ballet world for over 28 years! They have a track record of sold out performances in more than 40 cities in UK, Europe and China, including Swan Lake in Scotland, Romeo & Juliet in China, and The Nutcracker in China.

Get ready to be swept along in the Swan Lake adventure in a 150 minute show (including intermission) that will leave you agape at the beauty and grace of ballet accompanied by beloved pieces of musical work. Go on and grab those tickets for this can’t-be-missed show!

 

Ticketing Info

24th – 26th August 2018 & 31st August – 2nd September 2018
8pm at the Genting International Showroom, Resorts World Genting

Tickets Available Here

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And for those who love ballet like I do, another must attend event is an exclusive Ballet West International Masterclass, conducted by Fenton—a versatile dancer from many disciplines that range from contemporary, ballet and jazz. Fenton, together with ballet mistress & professor of applied gymnastics for ballet, Sonia Fajardo will be at hand to tutor aspiring ballerinas longing to turn this art into a lifelong vocation—with helpful tips and showcase to improve your work. Priced at RM585 per masterclass, the masterclasses are available on the 22nd of August, 23rd of August, 24th of August, and 30th of August at the Arena of Stars, Genting.

About Ballet West International Touring Company & The Dance Company

Ballet West is a professional touring company with an outstanding reputation ballet university and with an extensive audience based and extremely high reputation for delivering quality production. The Dance Company and Ballet West International Touring Company is a celebration of outstanding dance talents globally; a start to an exciting and sustainable future for synergising dance into the commercial world

 

Floating Your Way Soon. Are YOU Ready to be Mesmerised by Swan Lake? 

The Bookworm: Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester

  • Title: Three Shoeboxes
  • AuthorSteven Manchester
  • Format: 285 pages
  • PublisherThe Story Plant
  • Published: 12th of June 2018
  • GenreFiction
  • ISBN 10: 1611882605
  • ISBN 13: 9781611882605
  • Source: E-book gifted for Review
  • Buy: The Book Depository|Amazon|B&N
  • Goodreads: Link here

In an apple core (The Bookworm’s version of a nutshell)

A realistic view on mental illness and how a family’s life is changed by it and how faith will help a father reunite with his children.

Summary

Mac Anderson holds life in the palm of his hand. He has a beautiful wife, three loving children, a comfortable home and successful career. Everything is perfect—or so it seems. Tragically, Mac is destined to learn that any sense of security can quickly prove false. After a horrific auto accident, an invisible enemy called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) invades Mac’s fragile mind and drops him to his knees. He does all he can to conceal his inner-chaos, but to no avail. Left to contend with ignorance, an insensitive justice system and the struggles of an invisible disease, his family is taken from him.

One shoebox might store an old pair of sneakers. Two shoeboxes could contain a lifetime of photographs. But in Three Shoeboxes, a father’s undying love may be just enough to make things right again.

My Thoughts

Steven Manchester has the uncanny ability of tackling many of life greatest fears in the most poetic and relatable ways. This is in reference to last week’s double loss of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, who, on the outside, looked well and happy to those around them, yet on the inside, were suffering from an invisible enemy too strong to battle. Steven’s new book talks about exactly that enemy, depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) in particular.

Three Shoeboxes is a story about a man, Mac, who seemingly has everything going for him, a great job, a loving family, and no big problems in life. Until one day, when he starts getting panic attacks for no apparent reason. Not wanting to burden his wife and young children with his troubles, he tries to bury his attacks deep down and ride them out the best he can on his own.

Mac then turns to self-medication, which on one hand helps him for a bit, yet actually adds another layer to his demons. With the attacks becoming more frequent and violent, he starts lashing out at the only ones he can, his family. What comes next is a sadly realistic view of how mental illness not only hurts the person in question, but also those close to them. His attacks become so bad that his worst fears come to life, his children are ripped away from him.

But where there is a will, there is definitely a way. And through Steven’s book, you’ll see how this one man overcomes this great adversity through his love and faith. Being a classic Steven Manchester novel, this story will make you reflect on your life as well as the lives of those around you, making you wonder if your best friend or even a member of your family could be suffering in silence just like Mac, and how we may be able to play a part in helping them get better.

This might be one of the darker Steven Manchester stories to date just because it is so prevalent in the world today, but that just makes it so much more important a read, if only to help instill hope in every reader that there is always a window that’s cracked open, if only we reach for it.

 

Steven Manchester is the published author of the #1 best seller, Twelve Months, as well as A Christmas Wish (the holiday prequel to Goodnight, Brian). He has also written Pressed Pennies, The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy and Jacob Evans, as well as several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of his short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Give Steven Manchester a buzz:
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Check out Steven’s other books:

Twelve Months – Amazon * Book Depository
Goodnight, Brian – Amazon * Book Depository 
The Rockin’ Chair – Amazon * Book Depository
The Changing Season – Amazon * Book Depository
Pressed Pennies  Amazon * Book Depository
The Thursday Night Club – Amazon 
Gooseberry Island – Amazon * Book Depository
Ashes – Amazon * Book Depository
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Read my reviews of Steven’s other books:
Goodnight, Brian
The Rockin’ Chair
The Changing Season
Pressed Pennies
The Thursday Night Club
Gooseberry Island
Ashes
Disclosure: I was sent the book for review but was not compensated financially or otherwise. Everything mentioned are my own thoughts based on my experience.

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