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Why is Rothbart turning maidens into swans?


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#46 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 12:37 PM

the loose-hair look pertained in 1895 for the swan maiden ensemble as well as for ivanov's snowflakes in '92.
the 'bun head' is a later, rote, detail.


and the costumes are lovely too!! :) ...for what i can see they were also simple, soft and loose, so no stiff tutus ah?...(kind of TPDD alike)
Thank you so much Mr. R.G for this valuable information!

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 10:43 AM

The engraving seems to be an artist's interpretation. I found this photo from the original 1877 staging, and the costume is most definitely not loose, flowing, diaphanous chiffon.

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 10:57 AM

The engraving seems to be an artist's interpretation. I found this photo from the original 1877 staging, and the costume is most definitely not loose, flowing, diaphanous chiffon.



I was wondering that myself (whether the image was a real depiction of the production, or an artist's interpretation of the concept) so thanks for answering that question.

Furthermore, with all the debate about how Swan-like the dancers should be, it is quite interesting to see that the 1877 production included WINGS on the costume!


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