” Life is not a spectator sport. If watching is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without you. “
It is one of the best quotes from Disney version of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. I watched this movie when I was a child. I remember that I was fearful by the atmosphere of the story and songs at that time. You can watch the intro of the movie clicking the attached link.
And I had great chance to watch this masterpiece again with different version, the musical version of 劇団四季.
I was captivated by the theater and stage. It was so fancy 🙂 I heard the theater was built by Shiki and it is a private one only performing works of Shiki. It is quite rare case.
And I wish I could take pictures a lot. But as you know, it is forbidden to take picture of a stage or performance. so I couldn’t.
Although Japanese was difficult for me to understand, I could roughly get it because I already knew the story and the direction was excellent. And the songs were really familiar because the musical used the music of Disney movies! If you watch it, you will be surprised by the grandeur of the songs.
Still, some scenes were different from the Disney version. So I thought it would be great to compare Disney version with musical of 劇団四季.
It was unforgettable Sunday. I could enjoy musicals I love and finally I could achieve my dream of watching a performance in Japan! And thanks for Aoi who joined me watching the musical and reserved tickets for me!
When I was young, I seriously enjoyed ballet and wanted to major in it. I sometimes imagine what if I become a ballet dancer.
When I was in Korea, I did ballet as a hobby. And also in the Netherlands! There was some awesome classes for students. I really want to do it in Japan if I can.
I also like watching the ballet on youtube. It would be great if I can watch them in a real theater, but it is soooo expensive to me now. When I earn money, I hope I can watch it a lot 🙂
When I watch the performance, amazing dancers give me inspiration and it makes me happy.
I especially like classical ballet even though I think the story is kind of old-fashioned. Still the music and the dances are so strikingly beautiful and I have no choice but to fall into it.
Among the classical ballet, I introduce three masterpiece.
The first one is Don Quixote. It is very elastic and has bright vibe. The characters are pleasant and the story is based on the happy drama. Kitri and Basil’s love is the main of the story.
2. La Esmeralda
You might think it is not friendly at all, but actually this performance is made based on the famous novel Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo. Everyone will know Notre-Dame de Paris! Isn’t it?
3. Swan lake
This is also other famous work and you might heard of it. The story sometimes has happy ending or sad ending, which varies from theater to theater. One Prima ballerina both plays ‘Odette’ and ‘Odile’. I like Odile’s character more than Odette.
I attached three videos of Natalia Osipova, one of my favorite Prima Ballerina. I hope you enjoy the video!