Swan Lake Production at the Royal Swedish Opera

3 Popular Theater Acts About Birds

August 20, 2017 nsplays 0

Have you been scoping in the wild? If you enjoy observing birds in their natural habitat, I’m sure you’ll love watching birds in a different environment too, such as the theater stage.

Well, I’m not talking about actual birds, but the following theater acts will be appreciated by bird lovers, even if there aren’t any real birds.

The Birds

Language: Greek

Type of Theatre Act: Play

A performance of the play Birds by Aristophanes

This play written by Aristophanes was performed in 414 BC at the City Dionysia where it became popular and bagged second place in the contest.

It is a comedy play lauded by modern critics for its remarkable mimicry of birds and cheerful songs.

Although the author is known to include the Peloponnesian War in his previous plays, this theater act doesn’t involve any of it. It doesn’t refer much to Athenian politics as well. It’s a great example of old comedy representing social life.

In his “Study of History,” Arnold Joseph Toynbee, a British historian and philosophy of history, presented similarities between the play and the New Testament of the Bible.

The Blue Bird

Language: French

Type of Theater Act: Play

This story written by Belgian playwright and poet Maurice Maeterlinck in 1908 is one famous play and its various films, and TV series adaptations are the evidence.

The play revolves around a girl named Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl who are both seeking happiness, which was represented by The Blue Bird of Happiness, with the help of the kind fairy Bérylune.

The play has been adapted for a novel, for a Japanese animated TV series, for a radio play, for an opera, and for six films.

Swan Lake

Type of Theater Act: Dance (Ballet)

Swan Lake Production at the Royal Swedish Opera

Probably the most famous of classical ballets, “Swan Lake” was composed in 1875 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer.

It was first performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1877, but it did not receive much praise during the time.

However, when Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov modified the choreography in 1895 for their performance in St. Petersburg, it gained popularity.

The play also made its American debut in 1940 when the San Francisco Ballet performed it.

Clearly, “Swan Lake” is about the fight between good and evil.

 

 

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10 Cities for Theatre Lovers

October 3, 2016 nsplays 0

Anyone who is into theatrical performances would love to watch the greatest plays given the chance. And there is probably no better time and place to do that but when traveling to cities that are veritable havens for theatre lovers. If you are into anything theatrical, here are some of the best places to visit and catch a live performance.

Athens, Greece
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Why go here: The city is a bastion of classical theatre with drama tracing back to the ancient times. It is home to many ancient and modern day playwrights. Its ancient Greek theatres such as the Theatre of Dionysus and Odeon of Herodes Atticus serve as a testament to its deeply-rooted theatrical traditions. Athens also boasts of more than a hundred theatre stages where locals and visitors alike can watch and enjoy the performances they want to see.

Chicago, USA
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Why go here: Theatre lovers will find a wide array of theatres to choose from when visiting the city. Chicago has a vibrant culture and theatre scene with venues like the Goodman, Chicago, and Victory Gardens Biograph theaters among many others.

London, UK
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Why go here: London offers a wide array of choices for theatre enthusiasts. Top rated shows at the West End and the dramas featured at The Globe are just some of the extensive list of options for locals and tourists to choose from.

Milan, Italy
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Why go here: Milan is home to numerous theatres and opera houses the most notable of which is the elegant and stunning La Scala. There is probably no better place to catch an opera performance but in this beautiful and culture-rich city.

Moscow, Russia
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Why go here: Theatre fans will have no trouble finding something to watch when in Moscow. There are several theatres to choose from including the world-famous Bolshoi ballet.

Mumbai, India
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Why go here: Mumbai’s art, culture, and entertainment scene makes it an excellent destination for anyone who appreciates a good performance. Attractions like Prithvi Theatre and Horniman Circle Garden that features are among the best places to visit if you want to catch a play.

New York, US
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Why go here: There are many good reasons to visit New York. The city is a treasure trove of musicals, plays, and a wide range of theatrical performances. But one word stands out for theatre enthusiasts around the world: Broadway.
Paris, France
Why go here: Theatres in the City of Light range from the classical and futuristic. It is also home to world-renowned theatres like the Opera Bastille, La Comedie-Francaise, and the Moulin Rouge.

Salzburg, Austria
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Why go here: The birthplace of Mozart is brimming with cultural attractions. Some of the many points of interests theatre lovers can explore include the Salzburg County Theatre and the Salzburger.

Tokyo, Japan
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Why go here: Japan has its own unique theatre traditions and Tokyo showcases most, if not all, of them. Popular and under the radar theatres offer a wide array of choices for anyone looking for a good show. Make sure to head to the traditional Kabuki theatre for a unique and spectacular performance.