Boston Ballet in the Park

When I read on Facebook that the Boston Ballet was doing a photo shoot at the Boston Public Garden, I knew where I would be spending my Thursday afternoon.

Once again I took public transportation into the city and I am glad I did. The ride in was smooth on the Orange and Green lines of the T. I was quite a bit early for the event.

Some people had already staked out their spots. This group had a picnic. The girl in the white pants was passing out masks which promoted the upcoming Black Swan production of the Boston Ballet.

It was white on one side and black on the reverse. The kids loved them. I wore mine too, briefly.

Again, the weather was perfect as it had been all week. The swan boats were fully employed as there were many tourists enjoying the Public Garden on this day.

After posing a bit on the other side of the lagoon, the dancers took a little ride on the Swan Boat. Their costumes were unbelievably gorgeous.

And the dancers were unbelievably gorgeous! What a setting for a photo shoot! It was an enchanting scene.

I was smiling from ear to ear as I snapped away at this magic. I am so fortunate to have noticed the post on Facebook.

The dancers changed poses every now and then. They have to be actors as well as dancers.

The boat moved slowly so everyone could get a good look.

The boat headed under the bridge as people were lined up on all sides of the water and on the bridge.

I met a woman named Alicia and we talked a bit about photography and living in Boston. She is from Texas originally and stayed in Boston after college.  Alicia and I decided to go up on the bridge when we saw the Ballet Company heading that way. We were hoping to get closer to the dancers as Alicia did not have a telephoto lens.

I got a closer look at the costumes but had to fight to get my shots. A crush of spectators had developed.

The male lead's jacket was spectacular. The handiwork was incredible as were all the costumes.

The swans were so lovely. The sun illuminated their skirts and you could really see the feathers in their headbands.

The male dancer had the most beautiful blue eyes and dimples. He was adorable.

Here's a better look at that fabulous jacket with all the embroidery or needlework.

The ballerinas exited the bridge and lined up for another photo. I loved the snow boots which were put on almost immediately once they left the bridge.

I think this must be a head shot because the first dancer left her boots on during the shoot.

Aren't the costumes absolutely gorgeous?  I think the publicity is working, now I want to see the  Swan Lake ballet.

A woman asked if the dancers would pose for photos with the public and she was told no. There would not be time. I guess no one told the dancers.

 All the dancers were very gracious to the public.  They posed for many photos.

There were many little ballerinas in the making at the event.

I am so glad I crossed to this side of the water. I would not have had an opportunity to see the ballerinas up close.

All of a sudden the male lead lifted the female lead over his head. The other swans got in place. I wasn't sure if I had the right camera settings on the "big" camera so.....

I grabbed my phone and took this shot knowing I could correct the color in Instagram.

Even the dancers were taking photos of each other!

Again, people kept walking into my shot as I am sure I did to their shots.

No more dance, it looks like it is over. The shoes are off and soon the costumes will be tucked away until dress rehearsal.

The other dancers continued to pose for photos. They were so accommodating. I was impressed. They represented the Boston Ballet well.

The costumes were put in their bag for transport. I was thinking of leaving and getting a jump start when I ran into a woman named Suzanne. We started talking and realized we had some things in common. We both came into the city just to see the ballet and she was wearing a Patriots t-shirt.
Yes, I often talk to perfect strangers. It is the salesperson in me.

I was showing Suzanne my photos and we both decided we did not want to get stuck in rush hour traffic. I told her I was going to get a coffee and asked if she wanted to join me. She said she would. Her car at overheated on the way in and she did not want to get stuck on the Mass Pike in rush hour traffic.

We went to a café I had seen on the way to the Public Garden, Parish Café. It had outdoor seating. We got a table right away and Suzanne said she wanted something to eat as well. We both got the white chocolate bread pudding. It was huge. We should have split one but oh well.

I told Suzanne about my bucket list and I mentioned a carousel. She said there was one in the park so we walked to it and she took a ride. I left her at the free yoga in the park and I took one last look at the flowers in the garden and the swan boats. The park was peaceful and beautiful as the sun was setting.

What a wonderful day it was! Ballet in the park, perfect weather, a new friend, yummy dessert, and swans. It doesn't get better than that!


Jane Franks said…
Absolutely enchanting, Elaine! What a splendid idea for the Ballet to promote their performance! Of course they have the best photo op in the world with the Swan Boats at their disposal! We loved going on those as kids! I can remember my parents taking us for rides! I think they've upgraded them quite a bit from the old wooden ones. But it was as magical then as now!! You just keep sending the best blogs. I'm having fun revisiting my childhood!! The white chocolate bread pudding looks divine! I'll have to keep the Parish Cafe in mind next time I'm in Boston! So nice to meet a new friend, too. I love that when I get chatting and find out we have things in common! Thanks again!
It's every little girls dream to be or see a real ballerina! Lucky you to have lived your dream! What a lovely day & you made a new friend!

Have a great weekend!
Sheila said…
Posing for photos on the Swan Boats, what a great idea!
Must have been even more amazing to see it in person.
Thanks for letting us share the event through your lens.
Anne said…
Looks wonderful and brought back such lovely memories of our holiday in Cape Cod and Boston last September.XX
Susan said…
Hello Chatelaine....What beautiful photos. Your day in the park sounded great.

Thanks for your visit to my blog. Susan
WOW! First of all, I remember all the great walks my husband and I took through the Boston Commons, spring, summer, fall and even winter. Great memories! And this? The Boston Ballet, there with their glorious dancers and costumes? What a perfect day!!!! We lived in Beverly, near Salem, so we'd just get on the train straight to downtown and walk to the North End, eat our share of Italian food, then walk to the Back Bay, then walk BACK to the North End for more food....we were obviously YOUNGER and ate like crazy!

Thank you so much for coming to visit me! Kind words, so kind.

Enjoy your Tuesday! Anita
Keyle Rece said…
really impressive blog about upcoming Black Swan production of the Boston Ballet. such a phenomenal and the Ballet to promote their performance! Of course they have the best photo op in the world with the Swan Boats.

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