sabotabby: (gaudeamus)
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So the performance sucked so hard we walked out. Like, possibly the worst thing either of us have ever seen, which is saying an awful lot. The tickets were suspiciously cheap, but tbh most things in the Ukraine are suspiciously cheap. But in this case I think it was because they knew it was terrible. We'd actually gone in to see if we could get a tour or just wander around the opera house, but the lady said that there was a show that night, so we decided to give it a shot.

She described the show as a sequel to The Nutcracker but also a crossover with War and Peace, and a musical. A "wonderful spectacle," in fact. I have to admit that we were basically morbidly curious, and it would get us inside those gorgeously ornate doors.

Anyway, we made it two songs in. The thing was in Ukrainian so we don't know what it was about but I don't think it would have made a lot of sense even if we did understand the language. It was kind of embarrassing to listen to.

But! It meant that we got to sneak out and take unobstructed photos of the glory that is the Odessa Opera House, and that was worth the ticket price alone. I hope you appreciate how hard it was to narrow these down. They don't half capture the actual, real spectacle that is this building, but I've given it my best.

P.S. This and the last post had my two new dresses. Not quite my usual look but I think they work?

P.P.S. Anya is teaching me all the important Russian:

Date: 2017-07-23 07:22 pm (UTC)
sacramentalist: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sacramentalist
Sigh. Great art is least appreciated by the first people who hear it :P

Date: 2017-07-23 07:44 pm (UTC)
fidget: (Zebra)
From: [personal profile] fidget
Your Ukrainian tour guide posts have both been gorgeous and fun to read.

Date: 2017-07-24 03:33 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (hands full of light and water (roxicons))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Wow, the building is truly amazing! Sorry to hear such horrors are being performed within its walls.

Date: 2017-07-24 03:56 pm (UTC)
umadoshi: (kittens - sleeping)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
I'll take comfort in this thought.

Date: 2017-07-24 05:03 am (UTC)
smhwpf: (Sandman)
From: [personal profile] smhwpf
That is a truly magnificent building.

My mind is just boggled by the concept of something so unspeakably, excrutiatingly bad, that you wouldn't want to stay to the end and devastatingly mock it on Dreamwidth.

But full frontal assaults on the ears are a bit much, even for the sake of Art.

Date: 2017-07-24 05:22 pm (UTC)
iolarah: (Default)
From: [personal profile] iolarah
The opera house is breathtaking. Wow. I can see why the tickets were worth seeing the building.

I wish I could hear a recording of what you saw :) J and I nearly left Tristan und Isolde when we saw it on Valentine's day some years back. The performers were great, but the stage show was projections on drapery that reminded me of Yoko Ono's 15 minute video of a fly walking on her nipple. Very distracting.

I like your dress! It looks very cool and flowy.


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