At week three with Quarters Presentations fast approaching, high stress and late nights became thematic for the students at ETC Silicon Valley. Acting quickly, SV leadership Jiyoung and Carl created a much needed diversion with a trip to the celebrated performance of San Francisco Ballet’s Swan Lake.
From the point of view of an entertainment technology student who’s never seen the ballet, at once I began analyzing the first act for elements of story and spectacle. At first the story seemed a confusing expression of emotions through dancing, but I basically understood that a young prince had come of age, was having a party, and needed a girlfriend. As the first act ended I was wondering whether I really enjoyed this art form. Only during the intermission did I learn that at the ballet, one has to read the act’s story before he sees the enactment, to provide context for the emotional performance.
After gaining a general understanding of the second act from the program, this second performance at the lake of swans blew me away. The scene of so many swans-turned-beautiful-women cascading about the stage to the music of the prince and swan queen falling in love was breathtaking. While I will refrain from ruining the rest of the story for those who haven’t seen it, I will say this: the Silicon Valley class experienced an evening of enlightenment the night of their trip to Swan Lake.