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DEBBIE NORRELL

DEBBIE NORRELL

If you have been reading the “Lifestyles Report” you know that I’m on a mission to do something that I’ve never done before each month. One month down and 11 to go.

The first event was great. I have been to the venue before—the Byham Theater—and I have seen a version of “Swan Lake,” but never like Dada Masilo’s “Swan Lake.” There was only one show scheduled on Jan. 30 and I was just under the wire in making my “never before” event for the first month. Earlier in the month, I saw an ad in the City Paper for this performance. The Black man in the tutu is what caught my eye. I thought to myself, this looks interesting. My friend Carol Adams knew of my mission to do something I had not done each month and she said she wanted to join me, so we went together. Not only did we see a unique and humorous performance, we met Dada Masilo during the after performance Q and A. What a treat. Masilo was born in Soweto, South Africa, in 1985 and began dancing at age 10. “Swan Lake” is the first ballet she saw at age 12 and she says she loved Tchaikovsky’s music and the tutus. She hoped to be in it one day, but that didn’t happen, so in 2010 she created her own version. She said she wanted it to be more realistic and not a fairy tale.

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