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Mikhailovsky’s Swan Lake;
Lifestyle, Vancouver

Mikhailovsky’s Swan Lake

Mikhailovsky’s Swan Lake

On Friday night, I skipped ballet class to see Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Swan Lake at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and I am in love with the performance! Check out the link for photos, as well as a video, of the sets & costumes!

Odette/Odile: Oksana Bondareva
Prince Siegfried: Victor Lebedev

Oksana was a beautifully talented Odette! The way she moved her head and body made it appear as if she were truly a swan queen – swan by day, princess by night. Of course, it’s her role as Odile that captured our attention. I counted 21 fouettes (but there may have been more) that she executed with perfection, applauded by the entire audience that she came to the front of the stage to “ballet curtsy” us. 🙂

It was such a pity, however, that there were not enough attendees. I am quite certain it is because the majority of Vancouverites are unaware that one can purchase 1/2 price tickets from Tickets Tonight on the day of the performance. Mine was around $35 and I got to sit in the middle of the balcony. 🙂 It was certainly a delightful treat to see one of my favourite ballets for the 2nd time (my 1st time was 10 years ago, when the St Petersburg or National Ballet of Russia performed in Taipei).

2nd Annual Run for Change 5km Fun Run;

2nd Annual Run for Change 5km Fun Run

WHAT: 2nd Annual Run for Change 5km Fun Run WHEN: Sunday, 21 August 2011 @ 9AM Shelter/Recovery residents’ registration & bib pick-up: 8:30-9:45AM Volunteers: 8:30-10:30AM Start/End of event: 9:00-10:30AM WHERE: Olympic Plaza @ Olympic Village (Manitoba St. & Athletes Way), Vancouver, BCWHO: Homeless shelter / recovery residents: runners/walkers Volunteers: set-up / take down, route/cross marshals, aid stations, as well …

Olympic Venues Visited Pt 1;

Olympic Venues Visited Pt 1

Fact of the day: Canada’s flags – past & present VENUES Visited TODAY: 1. Atlantic Canada House – P.E.I. Day! (Granville Island) Freebies: A scarf which I never got 🙁 Boo. BEST: the PEI performance! Lots of fun, great music, and such warm hearts these musicians have! I REALLY want to go to …

Who’s Coming to the Olympics in Vancouver?;

Who’s Coming to the Olympics in Vancouver?

Sources: Countdown to Vancouver: Let the names begin – Vancouver 2010 Olympics –                Royals attending the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, 12-28 February, 2010 ATTENDING: CANADA Prime Minister Stephen Harper: already here Governor General Michaelle Jean: already here DENMARK Crown Prince Frederik: 9-19th Crown Princess Mary: 11-16th NORWAY: Prince Haakon: 12-17th RUSSIA President Dmitry Medvedev: …

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Free Events Guide;

Vancouver 2010 Olympics Free Events Guide

Source: The following events are divided into locations and differentiated by colour (category): Canada Countries  Misc. venues Locations: GRANVILLE ISLAND French Quarter: 11-28 Feb (Exhibits: 11-20.00; Shows: 18-00.00; Club Adrénaline: 11-00.00; Events: 12pm-) Celebrate Canada’s French heritage! There will be 2 pavilions: 1) French bistro and pub & 2) stage for concerts. “They also intend on creating an “artists’ alley” like …

Post-Exchange: An Unpleasant Return to Vancouver;
Heidelberg, Travel, Vancouver

Post-Exchange: An Unpleasant Return to Vancouver

Meine liebe Freunde in Europa, My dear friends in Europe, zuerst muss ich sagen, dass ich euch VIEL vermisse! Die letzten Tage in Deutschland waren sehr chaotisch… Ich war in Muenchen von 24-26. Am 26. war ich wieder in Heidelberg, um mehr zu packen & zu putzen. Ich hatte um 3.30 geschlafen; am 27. war …