09 July 2005

The Little Mermaid (other title: Fish and lobsters in tights)

That should give you a clue. This is all about the ballet. I finally dragged Arun to a ballet, to what I thought was a particularly enjoyable production of The Little Mermaid. But I might not take Arun along to a ballet again. He kept up with a running commentary through the entire show!

I think Arun is the only person I know who was not aware that the Little Mermaid was a tragedy! He was so appalled when I told him that the little mermaid didn't "live happliy ever after". He apparently thought that Disney had the right storyline... happy endings and all that.

Add to that 3 extremely embarrassed schoolboys whose mom thought this was a fine opportunity to introduce them to the finer points of art and culture. M sure had the right idea, but somehow I thought her kids weren't quite ready for ballet as a part of their culture build-up. First of all they were very embarrassed to be seen at a place where there were 'girls'. The youngest, an out-of-the-box-thinker if ever there was one, apparently said that if there were other schoolboys there, their mothers too probably didn't give them a choice. I discovered that they would rather be dead than have their classmates ever find out that their mom had taken them to a ballet. So what if it was an open-air outdoor type of event....

The 3 kids and Arun seemed to have one major objection... that the male dancers wore tights. I dare them to try a grand jete or a split in their jeans! So with all the males in our group having decided not to like the show, M and I decided to enjoy it anyway.

The costumes were very colourful. The choreography was great too. I enjoyed every moment of the show. Next time there's a good production in town, M and I are NOT taking our husbands and/or kids along.

We are not embarrassed to be seen at a ballet anyway!

9 comments:

Axe said...

(All together now ...)

Unda da sea!
Unda da sea!
Dahlin its betta
Down where its wetta!
Take it from me!
Oh unda da sea!
Oh unda da sea!

...

Umm ..

Thats all I know.

Axe said...

The seaweed is always greener
In somebody else’s lake

You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake

Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor

Such wonderful things surround you
What more are you looking for

Under the sea, under the sea
Darlin’ it’s better
Down where it’s wetter,
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away

While we devotin’
Full time to floatin’
Under the sea

Down here all the fish are happy
As off through the waves day roll

The fish on the land ain’t happy
They're sad 'cause they're in a bowl

But fish in the bowl is lucky
They're in for a worser fate

One day when the boss gets hungry
Guess whos goin’ be on the plate (uh-oh)

Under the sea, under the sea
Nobody beats us
Fry us and eat us in fricasee

We what the land folks love to cook
Under the sea we off the hook

We got no troubles life is the bubbles

Under the sea, under the sea
Since life is sweet here
We got the beat here naturally

Even the strugeon an’ the ray
They get the urge an’ start to play

We got the spirit
You got to hear it under the sea

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they're soundin sharp.
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is the duke of soul
(yeah)

They ray he can play
He lings on the strings
He trout rockin’ out
The blackfish she sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it’s at
An’ Oh. That blowfish blow

Under the sea (under the sea)
Under the sea (under the sea)

When the sardine
Begin the beguine it’s music to me

What do they got, a lot of sand
We got a hot crustacean band

Each little clam here
Know how to jam here under the sea

Each little slug here
Cutin’ a rug here under the sea

Each little snail here
Know how to wail here
That’s why it’s hotter under the water
Ya' we in luck here
Down in the muck here under the sea!!

Vidya said...

Philistine... absolute philistine...

Dents said...

"You could get Arun to the river but once there, he was a like a fish out of water"

Moral of the Story:
"You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna-fish."

Taz Snow said...

When I see what I been missing....AAAAAAARRRGH!!

M said...

I am the M, who took her three boys for 'that' show. Back at home, the elder one said he quite liked it after the intermission, the younger ones said that Aditi was fun, they actually liked her hugging and kissing everyone in sheer abandon, just dont tell her!
All in all Vidya cooked some fantastic grub, Aditi spread some real sunshine or should I say star shine around and Arun and I happily complained about life in general!So thanks a million for including us and the moral of the story from my end stays Mom Knows Best!

Axe said...

Unda da sea!
Unda da sea!
Dahlin its betta
Down where its wetta!
Take it from me!
Oh unda da sea!
Oh unda da sea!

...

I hate you ... its been 3 days and I still can't get this damned song out of my head.

Vidya said...

Axe, you can't get 'unda da sea' out of your head? You're telling that to people who have to sing 'wheels on the bus' or 'twinkie twinkie' or 'animal fair' at the drop of a hat starting at 6am every day?

katongking said...

My sympathies to arun, and to M's kids. Guys (unless they enjoy seeing men in tights) would not want to be caught watching ballet.

The things we do to please the women in our lives.

weird men in tights!
weird men in tights!
and why wouldn't we retch
just watching them stretch!
It's enough to knock out our lights!
Oh, weird men in tights!
Oh, weird men in tights!