Sleeping Beauty - Fairies?
Posted 06 May 2002 - 12:47 PM
What are the names of these fairies? And what are each of their dances like?
I ask this because I have been given the chance to dance one of these solos. I have to pick one - I can't get the ballet on video to see before I have to decide which one. So I was wondering if I could find out from you about these different solos to help me decide which to dance.
Which one comes 3rd in the order? - it is rather calm music I recall?
Posted 06 May 2002 - 02:15 PM
You might be interested in checking our Sleeping Beauty forum in the Archives (the last forum on the main list). I'm pretty sure there was some discussion about the fairies.
Posted 06 May 2002 - 02:33 PM
I am so confused as to which one to do!
The breadcrumb/generosity/miettes fairy - I have been encouraged by someone to do this, any further thoughts on it?
Posted 06 May 2002 - 04:50 PM
Posted 06 May 2002 - 06:50 PM
Posted 07 May 2002 - 08:23 AM
I am now doing the Breadcrumb variation - I managed to get the video this afternoon and like it - its cool and graceful i think, and I want to dance it - I think the person advising me towards it must have realised it would suit me.
Wow, the finger pointing violente variation looks fun! My friend who is doing this one looks gorgeous in this - she is very small and very speedy and sharp, she pulls it off rather well.
Posted 07 May 2002 - 08:48 AM
I don't remember if this was on one of the threads in the archives, but the story behind Violante is that Petipa had just seen a demonstraton of electricity and was fascinated by the sparks -- that's why her fingers point and dart about the way they do.
I hope you enjoy learning and dancing this
Posted 07 May 2002 - 09:20 AM
I have learnt most of the variations and have danced (performed) three of them, of those I think the 3rd is my favourite too! I definitely agree with the Aurora-like similarities. Have fun doing it, is it for a full-length sleeping beauty? Where do you study? Sorry to be nosy but being in England too, I am interested, is it RBS?
Thanks at for the electricity story, I didn't know that-it would have helped when I did it, for some reason I never found that out!
Posted 07 May 2002 - 09:52 AM
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Posted 02 June 2002 - 03:11 PM
Posted 03 June 2002 - 08:46 AM
a caution about the "Meaning" of the fairies -- Alastair Macaulay once wisely cautioned me not to get too fanciful about "Breadcrumb," when I was writing something about hte fairies. It's easy for us who love this ballet to take hints of folk-origins of these splendid faberge-like creatures and turn Breadcrumb into "freedom from Hunger" -- but there are suggestions in RG's excellent book (Ballet 101) that the tradition means fertility rather than "never go hungry" -- that is, the child will grow up to bear children happily. We only have to repeat a few times that "it was a tradition to sprinkle breadcrumbs over the baby" or "crumble a new loaf over a baby" or some pretty phrase like that for people to start thinking that that is TRUE, and I've never seen it written anyplace that looked like a primary source to me..... though it's such a pretty idea, I would LOVE for it to be true...... But I do not know of a truly scholarly study of the folk-material behind SB, and I'm quite sure, that when some scholar in Russia DOES produce it, the material will be much stranger than we think.
STill, there must be something to it (and it would probably not do any harm to a dancer preparing the role to make up a story and a character for herself)...... in ROland Wiley's book, Tchaikovsky's ballets," there's a pretty long passage quoting Petipa's written notes to Tchaikovsky about how he wanted the music to create the effect of breadcrumbs falling.... and THAT"s pretty big magic in itself, especially considering how spectacularly Tchaikovsky came through --- for that short stretch of music is one of the most enchanting things, to my mind, that Tchaikovsky ever wrote......
My apologies to Becky, this is gettting a little heavy... I'm sure you'll be lovely... i'm eager to hear how it goes..... DOn't you love that music?
How fast will you dance it? I've seen it danced at many speeds -- from quite quick to slow and melting....
Posted 03 June 2002 - 02:10 PM
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