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Giselle Question #2: What exactly do you have to do to get to be a Wi

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thanks for the information, estelle and mel. yes, mel - i thought you seemed to be implying at least having met the ...umm ... err ... "lady?". glad she didn't have it in for *YOU*! :innocent: enough said on this topic. :blink:

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In adding to the topic of the "Wilis". I have a new Question, I understand that Myrtha is supposed to be the queen of all the Wilis, but why, I assume that she like the rest, died of a broken heart, but what makes her the queen?, why is she so extra bitter??? :innocent: Why do all the other wilis do what she tells them?

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Originally, the Wilis were to reflect something of their former selves in terms of costumes and choreographic material, Moyna and Zulma were to have been a bayadére and a Gypsy/Hungarian, respectively, or was it the other way 'round? Myrtha, whose name is derived from "Martha" (Hebrew: "the lady of the house") was to have been royalty who had suffered death from a broken heart as a result of a fiancé's faithlessness. So, apparently, undeath does not level ranks.

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Moyna and Zulma were to have been a bayadére and a Gypsy/Hungarian, respectively, or was it the other way 'round?

Wow! That is a most intriguing tidbit. Thanks, Mel!

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mel, can you just clarify what you mean by "originally"- i.e. what source you are referring to? as carbro says, a fascinating tidbit...

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This goes back, back, to the formation of the libretto, where Gautier thought it would be good to have the ballet begin in an enchanted ballroom where Giselle is doomed to die by dancing under a spell. After he talked it over a little with Vernoy de St. Georges and Nourrit, he thought it would be better to have it the Titled-bounder-toys-with-fragile-country-maiden story and things have worked better that way.

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thanks mel. i am not pressing you to head to your library, but i am just curious, if you remember where you read this - possibly beaumont's book 'the ballet called giselle' (which i could look up myself!!), or somewhere else? i have just always loved giselle, so all this poetic Romantic trivia is of some interest to me.

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Actually, it's in Marian Smith's excellent Ballet and Opera in the Time of Giselle, quoted in toto there on pp. 172-5.

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