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[Photo Journal] La Boheme at Teatro Alla Scala in Milan

La Boheme at Teatro Alla Scala in Milan


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

La Boheme – Teatro Alla Scala in Milan

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So, we didn’t just do food tours and book hunting expeditions while in Milan. My daughter and I are theatre geeks. When I found out that La Boheme was playing at the Teatro Alla Scala at the same time that we were there last year, it was a no-brainer for me. We bought tickets even while we were still in Munich.

My daughter is also a huge fan of RENT (The Musical), and we are aware that Rent is essentially fashioned from La Boheme, so to say that we were excited is an understatement.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. 
― William Shakespeare, As You Like It


“Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances.” 
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables


“Humans had built a world inside the world, which reflected it in pretty much the same way as a drop of water reflected the landscape. And yet … and yet … Inside this little world they had taken pains to put all the things you might think they would want to escape from — hatred, fear, tyranny, and so forth. Death was intrigued. They thought they wanted to be taken out of themselves, and every art humans dreamt up took them further in. He was fascinated.” 
― Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters


So, we were not able to get very good seats, which would explain the girl’s face. But that will not stop us from enjoying ourselves.

― Jonathan Larson, Rent


“We were like two performers in a play, but we were divided, we were not acting with one another. We had to endure it alone, we had to put up this show, this miserable, sham performance for the sake of all these people I did not know and did not want to see again.” 
― Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca


“I long for the simplicity of theatre. I want lessons learned, comeuppances delivered, people sorted out, all before your bladder gets distractingly full. That’s what I want. What I knowis what we all know, whether we’ll admit it or not: every attempt to impose the roundness of a well-made play on reality produces a disaster. Life just isn’t so, nor will it be made so.” 
― John M. Ford, Casting Fortune


“A large part of our excessive, unnecessary manifestations come from a terror that if we are not somehow signaling all the time that we exist, we will in fact no longer be there” 
― Peter Brook, There Are No Secrets: Thoughts on Acting and Theatre


“Dostoyevsky knew a lot but not everything. He, for instance, thought that if you kill a human you’ll turn into Raskolnikov. But we know now that one can kill five – ten, one hundred people – and go to the theatre in the evening.” 
― Anna Akhmatova


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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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