I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of Degas but ballet, ballerinas and the world of theatre is a fascinating subject to me. I really enjoyed the earlier rooms with charcoal drawings as well as seeing the famous sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, I was struck by just how large the original is. It's odd how you form a picture in your mind of the size of a piece of artwork and then, on coming face to face with it, it's so not how you expected it to be! I had this experience at the Sir John Everett Millais exhibition at Tate Britain a few years ago when his painting, Mariana, turned out to be teeny in comparision to the version in my head! ;oD My friend, Neil, had the same experience with a piece of my work, The Internal Lexicon. He arrived at my exhibition earlier this year expecting to be able to walk into the piece and in reality it's about 6" x 4"! lol
|The teeny weeny Internal Lexicon!|
|My Degas dabble!|
On our way into the Degas exhibition, a lovely lady caught my eye and I snapped a couple of photos of her...
In the evening we went to see War Horse at the New London Theatre. Over the summer I had listened to the audio book so I knew the plot and although the stage play doesn't mirror the book it was absolutely fantastic. The puppetry of the horses is brilliant, every tiny movement and nuance of equine behaviour is portrayed beautifully and is totally believable even though you can always see the puppeteers. The music is moving and powerful, the stage has an excellent back projection and the use of the auditorium by the cast is great. The cast are solid as a rock, the scene changes are seamless, it's just such an excellent production! Grab the chance to see it if you can BUT take plenty of tissues if you're anything like me, I cried for England! ;oD