papeetepatrick, on Jul 16 2008, 04:29 PM, said:
[ ... ] not a cemetery but an incredibly boring ashram, where Mary has to work in the laundry room and sing Kollective Farm Songs. Rudolph has k.p. duty, and also has to teach Marxist workshops, which have paying upper-middle-class students Viviana Durante and Irek Mukhamedov.
But, Patrick, why does this have to be "boring"? Why not something whimsically upbeat, as life in the Soviet collective in Bright Stream
? Ballet -- especially Imperial Ballet and the kind of Soviet ballet Stalin liked -- has often demonstrated a rich capacity to prettify and happy-fy even the dreariest of reality.
Which makes me think about Perky's Canary Fairy,
darn tired of being the "up and happy" one all the time.
I never thought about it, but that must be hard. Often, in large families, one of the siblings (usually a woman) is assigned this role. It must be dreadful at times. Perhaps a Twelve Step Group for her, the happy peasants, and all those others whose main social function seems to be to make the rest of us feel okay about grumbling, criticizing, and being less than nice ourselves.
I'm also surprised that no one has included the White Cat's hairball in their reworkings of Aurora's Wedding. What a challenge for a post-modern director! What a delight for the kiddy matinee audience!