Last Friday the Bern Ballet 2012 Tour kicked off!
We all met at work to get the ironically named “Lions Coach” (the show is called lions, tigers and women!) – the tour bus. From Bern we headed off on the motorway past speculator landscape towards our first destination, Zurich. Travelling is something I always love doing, and going on a big expedition with all my friends and colleagues was extra special, the start of a great experience I’m sure.
The journey was around one and a half hours, it was mid afternoon when we arrived into a rather grey and rainy looking Zurich. Everyone got organised quickly in the theatre and it was straight into spacing and quick rehearsals for the company before the evening’s performance. I got myself settled into the hotel and enjoyed a nice walk in the rain (adequately dressed) by the river seeing what I could of the city. I had spotted a Subway restaurant on the way into town and not having had one since last summer in Scotland, it was more than settled where i was heading for something to eat that day!
Zurich in rain really doesn’t do any justice to how impressive some of the sights really are in this city, the lake in particular with the impressive Opera House where my friends perform in both the Opera and Ballet companies are notable places to put on a hit list of ‘must see’ sights – just hope for good weather, summer would be perfect time, one could even enjoy a swim in the lake!
The performance went very well, with the premiere passed everyone had dropped the nerves that naturally comes with the first night’s performance and really got into the mood of the piece’s they performed in, there was a warm reception from the audience. I was joined by a friend from Zurich Ballet , with whom I enjoyed some drinks with a few more girls from the company after the performance to wind down a nice day.
A nice continental breakfast at the hotel the next morning and it was straight back onto the tour bus, this time to Luzern.
Arriving in Luzern, what a sight greeted us. A picturesque lake surrounded by snow capped alps, boats running excursions on the lake, a stunning old city and lots of bridges across waterways that gave the place a very Venetian feel. It is without doubt the most beautiful city I have visited yet in Switzerland, although St. Gallen and Davos are right up there too.
I was very impressed with how clean, quite and peaceful the city was and in particular how friendly everyone I met was. I have also never seen so many chinese tourists in one place since my days living in London! Camera happy as always, I was coerced into taking one to many group photo’s in front of impressive buildings and the rivers.
The Theatre where the company was performing in was a very nice one, The ‘Luzerner Theater’, home to resident company Tanz Luzerner Theater, or Luzern Dance Theatre where i also know some of the dancers (it’s a small world the dance one!)
The performance went very well, it seems to be getting stronger and stronger the more it is performed and it was really well received by the audience which was great to see and hear. With a final Opera performance to prepare for back in Bern the following day it was straight back on the tour bus after the show and back to Bern, probably a good thing – it was lashing down rain by this point and a night out would of been no fun in that weather!
There’s something really good for the soul getting away from where you live and breaking out of your usual cycle of daily life, i felt refreshed and like I’d been away for a long time even though it wasn’t that long a time. This week see’s another performance in Bern Wednesday, Biel on Friday and Chiasso on Sunday. Rehearsals for ‘Made In Bern’ which I am co-ordinating this year continue and soon we will start back with rehearsals for ‘Momo’ with which we will finish the season here at Bern Ballet.