I used to work with some folks who would use the term ‘opera’ as code for striptease club. They would go away on business and see the ‘opera’. As a wet-behind-the-ears youngun’ I didn’t catch on that the opera was something else for at least a couple of years. Come to think of it I was never invited….
Anyway, my wife and I went to the Atlantic Ballet last night. Super stuff. There are some things that are testimony to the evolution of a community and that symbol set against the Moncton of 1985 is powerful.
I’m not a snob by any measure. I still eat Wendy’s burgers, watch baseball and listen to some pretty mundane music. But every time I go to that ballet it is a reminder to me that places like New Brunswick can build some really neat and unexpected things when there are people stubborn enough to fight for it.
The mandarins of the national ballet world would like nothing better than to have Ontario ballet companies tour down here and that should be enough to placate the locals. I much prefer the idea of bringing in a bunch of Ukranian and other international dancers and building a world-class ballet right here. Ontario has 45,000 people working in performing arts and related occupations, New Brunswick has 1,000. We need a little more creative and artistic content created here.