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straight from the plane & to the stage with..

straight from the plane & to the stage with..

Companhia Nacional de Bailado

My beautiful friend Patty made the move to Lisbon almost a year ago to dance for the Nacional Ballet company of Portugal. And it just so happened that my flight from Paris was coming in only a few hours before her last performance of the season. 

We met up right after her ballet class on her break before the show to drop off my bags at her beautiful flat & grab a bite to eat before heading to the theater.

{isn't her yellow apartment building & dark green door just adorable?}

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Patty spoiled me and swept me off with a picnic to my first viewpoint of the city

the garden-viewpoint of São Pedro de Alcântara at the doorstep of Bairro Alto

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After sandwiches & coffee, we walked down the hill to the venue where CNB would be performing under the stars that night. 

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The ballet company was about to close out  Portugal's Festival ao Largo, a live outdoor set of summer performances full of music, singing, & dance. {very similar to San Francisco's Stern Grove} 

The chairs were set, the weather was sublime, & the audience began trickling in hours before the performance was about to begin.

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I was fortunate to get a ticket and have a seat two rows back from the stage, so I decided to sneak around the corner and check out a bit of the neighborhood before heading back to the theater in time for the show. 

I'm so glad I did, because I got to witness 

the sidewalk sparkle
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All of the sidewalks in Lisbon are beautiful, ceramic stone. And when the sun sets, the streets glow in a way I'd never seen before. 

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As I headed back to the theater, I saw that it was glowing in a light of it's own. By this time, not only were all the chairs filled, but people began crowding every wall, step, & ledge. You could feel the excitement as the crowd was rushing in to witness an incredibly, emotional evening of live art as the company danced the story of 

ORFEU E EURÍDICE

through the choreography of Portugal's own Olga Roriz

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The dancers left everything they had on the stage that night, portraying real life moments of grief, abandonment, death, & longing. I was enthralled once again with the ability that dance has to capture an audience in story telling without words. 

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I couldn't of asked for a better first night in Lisbon: reuniting with my beautiful friend & watching her dance with a fantastic company, all under the backdrop of a serene summer sky.

parabéns!

xxx

from the streets of..

from the streets of..

one last look

one last look

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