In Tutu Review, Tobi Tobias attacks the notion that heroines of Romantic ballet were frail, vulnerable creatures.
In Swan Lake, the White Swan and the Black Swan, Odette and Odile, respectively embody the power of sublime good and monstrous evil. Odette, despite her lamentable situation—she's a princess doomed to captivity, deprived even of her human form—is not entirely defeated. First she protects her sister prisoners against the hunters who see the magnificent white birds as their legitimate prey. Then she pleads her case with their leader, Prince Siegfried, so eloquently that his sympathy escalates into a pledge of love and commitment. Once the hope he holds out is sabotaged, she has the courage to end her own life.
Tutu Review is part of a dancewear site. Other articles are:
- Frederick Ashton by Clive Barnes
- Dance Injuries—Inherent Risks or Improper Training? by Mindy Aloff
- The Ballerina—A Swan Song? by Tobi Tobias
- Young, Dressed Up, and Dancing by Tobi Tobias.