Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Oscarsteatern:" A tale of Tutus and friendship

... a Monday less than ordinary: 
Last night, we fell asleep with visions of swans dancing in our heads. Have you seen the ballet, Swan Lake, with your children? It's classic costuming is the kind that will swim into your dreams. What an extraordinary start to our week. 

In the good company of 18 teeny ballerinas,  our daughter and myself,  joined a Mother- Daughter group, of 30 guests, at Oscarssteatern (Oscar's Theater), last night, to watch the Moscow Crown Ballet in a performance of Swan Lake.  We're swooning: what a great way to start the week and a wonderful night to share as Mothers and Daughters; old and new friends. 

Classic venues, such as "Oscarsteatern,"attract world class performers and are one of the things I love about Stockholm. Oscarsteatern is a 106 year old theater in downtown Stockholm with a wide variety of shows, year around. This city is so easy to get around in that it often feels more like a town than a city.

As an American living in Europe, places and architecture like this, as well as the old cobble stone streets we walked to get there, are everyday details that remind me that living here is unique. I pinch myself thinking of the different perspective our children, born here, will have, than myself.

My friend, Leslie, carefully planned and gathered our troupe for a lovely night that began with a VIP dinner in the Oscar's VIP dining room. The girl's eyes and conversations danced with friendship and expectation; after all, it isn't an ordinary Monday where one is alone with Mom, festively coiffed, clad to dine in a room of gilded gold and crystal;  up past normal bedtimes to see classically clad ballerinas perform such an accessible ballet.  If you've never taken your children to a ballet, Swan Lake, is a great introduction. 

Listening to Peter Tjajkovskij's Swan Lake score ahead of time is a great way to prepare mini theater goers, too.

Above and beyond the ballet and venue, was the spirit of such a mother-daughter night. We'd love to be included in this group again! Do you take the time to do individual activities with your children? It can be difficult to strategize, but I find having this one on one time is a treasure.  Whether it's dreams, friendship or events, we wish you an extraordinary start to your week, too.

PS: Thank you, Leslie, for making the night happen!  Leslie, reminded me that her twins, Astrid and Lillian, along with our daughter, F, took their very first ballet class together at friend Alexia's house when the girls were just 2 1/2. 

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  1. What a fantastic post! Freya and I have a tradition of going to the opera to see The Nutcracker every Christmas. It's magical!

    1. I'm always happy when you come by! What a lovely tradition. I think these are the parent/ child moments that really bond us. Thank you for sharing. I was so shocked the first time I saw the Nutcracker here, with the Elsa Beskow elements! --- so inventive, full of Swedish creativity and tradition and that wonderful Elsa --- so different from the version I grew up with!

      I have to add: hands down, if given the choice my very first place I would take children to a show is at the Stockholm's Royal Opera -- it is... just so royal! I would highly recommend their Swan Lake ballet.

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  3. It was truly a magical evening, beautifully documented by you! One of those moments that, when looking back at these pictures, one realizes how quickly our girls grow up... Somehow taking them to the ballet preserves the kid in all of us. When we lived near New York City, we had the Christmastime tradition of going to see "The Nutcracker" at Lincoln Center and I treasure those memories as well as the childrens' photos with the dancers. We are still trying new things here in Sweden, but one thing is certain: many exciting performers and artists come here, so there is much to discover if you keep your eyes open! Next up: Artipelag (thank you for your post about it).

    1. Dear Jennifer, you sum it up all so very beautifully. I agree with every sentiment and hold a lifetime dream of seeing the Nutcracker in the Lincoln Center. These moments stay and I am so happy to be a part of those memory making moments with you and J. With these Fall colors, Artipelag an entrance on the boardwalk should be spectacular! You truly make my day when I get to meet you here. (Doubly so, meeting you in person this week!)


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