Uncanny, indeed. However did Cassandra find that painting?
Anyway, 'Mayerling', "Manon' et al. - I simply do not get these ballets.
Coarse subject matter, sensationalistic treatment, Goleizovski-style partnering (look out for hair-line fractures in the spine), dull ensemble work for the corps de ballet - sorry to be a party-pooper, but it's everything I don't like rolled up into one sticky-fingered package.
But do not take my word for it. Someone else GOT THERE FIRST.
On American television forty years ago, there was a series known as Peyton Place.
Here is a quote from the Peyton Place Fan Site, http://members.aol.com/AlisnRod/
"Long before Laura Palmer washed up on the shores of Twin Peaks, Allison MacKenzie was walking around Peyton Place with her mind wrapped in plastic. The fresh-faced innocent heroine of this 1964 prime time soap was a mass of conflicting sexual emotions - so imagine what the other characters were like! There was Betty, Allison's school mate, who began the show unwed and pregnant and shortly there after got involved in prostitution in NYC. There was Rachel Welles, a stranger in town, who'd been sexually abused by her Uncle (Though there was great care taken to emphasize that he was only an uncle "by marriage"). And the list goes on and on...
"What made "Peyton Place" unique was not simply that it was a show immersed in sex during the still virginal days of television. No. "Peyton Place" is remarkable for its subtle, intelligent, often poignant writing and for the exceptional acting talent that brought that writing to life."