Wednesday, 11 November 2015

SADLER'S WELLS ..... LEST WE FORGET ..... REMEMBRANCE DAY .....


A few weeks ago, I went to Sadler's Wells to see the English National Ballet ' Lest We Forget '.


Winner of the South Bank Sky Arts Award 2015, Lest We Forget is a poignant reflection on World War 1, featuring three works expressing the experiences of those who fought in the war and those who stayed behind.



It is beautiful and haunting, with contemporary and electric music and a score by Liszt, recorded voices from the Imperial War Museum and Dylan Thomas poems. It paints a picture of women working in factories, men fighting in the trenches, men falling and their women suffering loss .



You may think that it sounds depressing but, it was exhilarating as far as such a subject could be ..... Lest We Forget stays with you long after the curtain drops. 




Don't forget to pay your respects and hold the silence at 11.00 am today to remember all who have fought and are fighting for freedom and peace.



WE MUST NOT FORGET








image 1: via the guardian, image 2: via ballet.org, image 3: via telegraph, image 4: via george's journal

Jackie

26 comments:

  1. I shall be at a nearby village; see my page. That show looks very dramatic, I'd like to see it.

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  2. How lucky you were to see this - it sounds very poignant.

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    1. It was a brilliant ballet Elaine .... I'm so glad that I saw it. XXXX

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  3. Thank you JACKIE . . .
    I would love to see and listen to . . . Lest We Forget . . .

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  4. I wanted to see this but could not get away to London. It sounds so poignant, and I do love both Liszt and Dylan Thomas. Both give me goose bumps. We must never under value our freedm or those who did their all to give it to us. x

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    1. Oh my goodness LeeAnn ..... you would have been bowled over by it. XXXX

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  5. Oh, Jaqueline, that show sounds wonderful. My opinion is that WWI was the most terrible, but then, aren't they all. Maybe the younger generations will one day learn the lessons of war and do everything to prevent it. The leaders should have to slug it out instead of the young men and women.

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    1. How right you are Donna ..... and I hope that we will always remember all those that gave their lives. XXXX

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  6. Good Morning Jackie, My word the photos were so evocative. I know when I speak to my mother, Phyllis who is 85 years old and my mother in law, Sadie who is also 85.... the stories they tell are so moving. Sadie told me the story of when she and her sister were evacuated out of Newcastle because of the bombing. Sadly the family they boarded with were not very nice to them, which is so sad, because they were given no choice, they had to leave their mother and father.... it was a very hard time for all.
    You are right, we must never, ever forget.
    Best Wishes to you.
    Daphne

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    1. Hi Daphne,
      Thanks so much for leaving a comment. It's so lovely that your mum and mother-in-law can relate these stories { even though some of their recollections are not so nice } What a difficult time they must have had with the not very nice family who were meant to look after them..... I just can't imagine how they could have been so unkind. My Mum and Dad and in-laws are all gone now an I wished I'd asked them even more. XXXX

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  7. Love from me Ria ❤️❤️❤️

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  8. A powerful moment I am most certain the beauty in this production touched you soulfully.
    And now we are in solidarity and taking time to pray for Paris.

    See you and your beauty soon Jacqueline
    Xx
    Bisous

    Doré

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    1. Thinking of everyone in France Doré. XXXX

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  9. Powerful, beautiful and reflecting!
    Thanks, dear Jackie, for sharing it with the blog world.
    No - we certainly will - and must - not forget.
    Warmest greetings, Karin

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    1. After the horror in Paris, this post seems all the more poignant Karin.
      Thinking of everyone in France. XXXX

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  10. Golly, I can remember at the age of 12 - 1949 going to the Sadler's Wells Ballet in Houston, Texas
    It was the black swan. Now that must have been a very special night. I love it when you leave
    with that feeling of not wanting to forget it. I would like to see that.

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  11. Golly, I can remember at the age of 12 - 1949 going to the Sadler's Wells Ballet in Houston, Texas
    It was the black swan. Now that must have been a very special night. I love it when you leave
    with that feeling of not wanting to forget it. I would like to see that.

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    1. It was very good Yvonne .... very moving. XXXX

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  12. What a beautiful way to express remembrance, Xx

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