But, in spite of the laconicism and restraint which distinguish Tchaikovsky's opinions about music of his own ballets, a brevity of communication about work on them and even silence, during the period of a premiere, the letters of Tchaikovsky present an unusual interest from the standpoint of the evolution of the composer's view on this art. These letters give us the possibility of observing how, gradually - from «Lake of the Swans» («Lake of the Swans» was the original title of «Swan Lake») to «The Nutcracker», Tchaikovsky's skeptical attitude towards (what he considered) a «lowly» genre is ousted by an attentive interest in its unused creative possibilities. Little by little, ballet begins to take a steady position, finding an equally right place - not only in the artistic life at the end of the 19th century, but in the composer's consciousness. Ballet met Tchaikovsky halfway, and Tchaikovsky met ballet halfway. Given Tchaikovsky's unusual thinking which created dancing poetry, his tendency to portray action in musical-scenic works, a desire to embody real and eternal feelings in the world of art this could not but find an outlet in the genre of ballet music.
This evening, Cheridy and I had the great opportunity of photographing the Tchaikovsky Ballet at the Opera House in downtown Detroit. The performance was Sleeping Beauty and it was fantastic! All the movement was so smooth and grateful. We’re so used to just watching TV and spending time at home, it was nice to get out and do something totally different.
We also got to enjoy an awesome dinner at the Cadillac Opera Cafe that’s inside the Opera House.
What a great evening!!