…or at least I wish it had been. Ben and I went to see the Nashville Ballet perform “The Bell Witch” last Sunday. When I was a kid, I used to love researching the different Bell Witch tales. I’m sure no one checked out those books from the Woodlawn Elementary School library as much as I did. So when I heard that the Nashville Ballet was going to be dancing the story, I was super excited.
Being broke, I had Ben get tickets as an early birthday gift. The opening ballet was “The Four Temperaments”, a 1940s Balanchine ballet that I had never seen before. It was amazing. Even Ben thoroughly enjoyed it and he’s usually not much for ballets that are “all about the dance”.
There was a brief intermission before the start of the Bell Witch. We were given 3D glasses which was humorous to me, since aren’t all live ballets in 3D already? We found out that the ballet was commissioned in 2003 with the Nashville Ballet and Nashville Chamber Orchestra working collaboratively. The Nashville Symphony was performing the music now in 2008.
I would love to tell you that the ballet was a deliciously spooky tale to start the Halloween week off with, but, unfortunately, it was written more for humor, which I was a little disappointed in. The music was wonderful and the dancers were brilliant, but the thing that irked me the most was the 3D effects. There was a screen behind the stage that would occasionally show something. A skeleton hand holding 3D glasses would urge you to hold yours up. Then it was usually something incredibly cheesy like a skull getting bigger. Or the moon turning into a skull. Or a skull appearing beside a gravestone. You get the point. I could have done without all of it. It really took away from the dancing, in my opinion. I like to lose myself in the dance, and having to stop and look at some cheesy 3D skull every so often didn’t really let me do that.
But, as I said, the dancers were great and we both really enjoyed the music. I just would have liked to seen more spooky stuff and less cheesy humorous stuff.