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Diary: Ballet dancers come out of their shells

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If, like Tabard, ballet doesn’t float your boat, you’re probably not going to want to sit and watch a ballet that is comprised solely of snails.

Snails, you ask? That’s right, snails, dear reader. According to the Guardian, a six-hour ballet featuring 176 snails is coming to London this month.

Dear god. For just £4.50 (still too much if you ask Tabard) you can watch these 176 snails crawl around a darkened room.

But there’s slightly more to it than that. Each of the snails has a light emitting diode attached to its shell, and these activate sensors on a nearby speaker that plays soothing music.

Elizabeth Saint-Jalmes, who is behind the ballet, told the Guardian that not everyone stays for six hours.

Which is surprising, don’t you think? “It varies – some stay for just a few minutes,” she says. “We insist only on one thing – people leave their phones outside.”

Because apparently, there have been instances of some visitors trying to smuggle their phones into the performance space, so they can take selfies with snails.

Now Tabard hates to break it to these individuals, but if you want a selfie with a snail you can probably do that in your own back garden. It won’t cost you £4.50 and you don’t have to stay for the ballet.

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