Devil with the Blue Dress, Dancer in Green

First off, some good news; I was asked to write a preview for an upcoming show at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, centrally located in London. I’ll be posting it here so check back for some details on a really fabulous upcoming show, whether you’re in London or not.

Sadly, I get to do no field research for the show. I’ve been to London once when I was 18, but I would love to go back. It is currently my dream location.

Another favorite of mine is the color green which, according to a crappy color psychology website I just googled, means that I: am a practical, down-to-earth person with a love of nature.I am at home in any social situation as you are gracious and well-mannered, knowing just the right things to say and do.I am a good citizen and like to be involved in community groups.I accumulate possessions but they are usually of high quality and high price.I can be too self-effacing, modest and patient, and run the risk of being exploited by others.

The only thing there that seems true is the love of nature part. The other day at my friend’s apartment, she didn’t have recycling so I took the empty beer bottles intending to bring back to my place to recycle. Too bad I forgot them in her car.

Good citizen? Don’t even ask how many times my car was towed in Louisville because I parked on the wrong side of the street. here’s a hint: 3. And I ony lived there one year.

gracious, well-mannered, and saying the right things? I’m pretty sure I told my best friend that she was boring yesterday. Correction, SHE said she was boring, and I did not bother to correct her. Well-mannered indeed.

In case you didn’t guess, I’m the one in green

I guess a lot of the ‘green’ traits don’t really apply. Perhaps I just like to wear it, which I have in my last two shows.


These are, in my opinion, the best green costumes hitting the stages/ screens today:

1. In the ballet world:

obviously, the costumes for   the ‘Emeralds’ in the Balanchine Ballet, ‘Jewels’, and thank heavens the

Hansuke Yamamoto, Dana Genshaft and Frances Chung in Balanchine’s Emeralds. Photo: Erik Tomasson

costumes are so pretty because I find the rest of that movement sort of blah. The music is so-so, and the choreography is just romantic and pretty. It isn’t flashy and dynamic like the following section, ‘rubies’ or stunningly beautiful like the solo ‘diamonds’.  It’s the jewel that I’d least like to dance, and most like to have- rich benefactors out there take note.

2. In the musical theatre world: The green dress that Sutton Foster wore in the Nuttycracker suite in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’. It’s an emerald-green, sparkly, short, flapper dress. Need I say more? Sorry for the shoddy picture quality; it’s taken by my dying camera straight from my souvenir program when I saw this at the Marquee Theatre in New York, 2006.

Also of note, Idina Menzel’s use of green body paint in her Tony Award Winning role of Alphaba in ‘Wicked’.  I applaud this more for the time she must have spent caking that sh*t on than for beauty reasons. Like kermit says, ‘it ain’t easy being green’.

3. Green costume in a movie:

Hands-down winner, the green dress Kiera Knightley wears in the library scene of ‘Atonement’. The construction is just amazing and she looks gorgeous in it, which takes a lot for me to admit because I hate her. I think it’s a jealousy thing. Maybe I DO fit in with green stereotypes.

Also of note- Uma Thurman in the ‘poison ivy’ costume from the terrible George Clooney movie rendition of Batman.

4. Winner from a movie musical and overall favorite:

The green dress worn by Cyd Charisse in ‘Singing in the Rain’. It’s pretty similar to Sutton Foster’s costume, both are 20’s era dresses covered in sequins and showing a lot of leg. But this one wins, a) because it was first and b) everything in her costume, from the shoes, the makeup, the jewelry, is green…except the cigarette and therefore, I suppose, the black lung she’s sporting.

I think I am a ‘green’ personality after all because I WANT all of these costumes.

Green Costumes of note for Men: Is there any answer but Robin Hood? Or if there is ever a ballet of ‘The Jolly Green Giant’, I bet that would be pretty spectacular.

*A note of apology- to my dear Emily: you think you’re boring because you have nothing to say on a blog? You could be me and write an entire post on green costumes. Sometimes it’s better to say nothing. I have yet to learn that lesson, but I will say sorry for not correcting you on thinking you’re uninteresting.

7 thoughts on “Devil with the Blue Dress, Dancer in Green

  1. Well you know…
    Oh and I wrote my first blog entry and it is CRAP. I was so worried that you would think it was crap that I purposefully made it terrible.

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