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  1. There seems to me to be two versions of the ballet “Bolero,” one which is set in some type of tavern or cafe and in which there are more interactions between the main female dancer and the male dancers (I suspect that this is the original choreographed by Bronislava Nijiska) and the second which is more abstract, with simply a circle table that a woman dancers on and which the men dance around with little or no interaction between the woman and the men. I have also seen the second version with a man dancing in the middle and with men dancing around. A new take on this ballet could be to occa
  2. It seems to me that various productions of The Sleeping Beauty assign various names and gifts to the fairies in the prolog. In Tchaikovski’s original score at the Tchaikovsky research website the names of the good fairies are given as: Candide, Coulante: The Fairy of Blooming Wheat, Breadcrumb, The Singing Canary, Violante and The Lilac Fairy. Most of these names give me only a vague if any idea of what the gift would be, but here is a website that gives an explanation for all of the names: https://expressionplatform.com/the-fairies-of-sleeping-beauty/. Candide (Candour) = Purity, h
  3. Diane, thank you for your kind comment that this information is “Intriguing!” and with an exclamation mark even. Also thank you Cuban and Volcano for your helpful information. I agree that the Ogre and boys is a weird number. According to the original score for the ballet, there are 558 bars of music between the start of Puss-in-Boots and the White Cat to the end of Tom Thumb. Of that a total of 228 (41%) is for Cinderella and her Prince, 75 bars (13%) for Tom Thumb, 68 bars (12%) for Little Red Riding Hood, 44 bars (8%) for Puss-in-Boots and the White Cat and 25 bars (5%) for the B
  4. As perhaps all people on this website know Tchakovski’s 1889 ballet “The Sleeping Beauty” was taken from Charles Perrsult’s 1693 fairy-tale “La belle au bois dormant” (“The Sleeping beauty In The Woods.”) In addition, according to the Tchaikovsky research website - see here: https://en.tchaikovsky-research.net/pages/The_Sleeping_Beauty, there are characters from six other fairy-tales entertaining the wedding guests during the third act. These tales are “Le Maistre Chat, ou le Chat Botté” (“The Master Cat or Puss-in-Boots”), “La chat blanc” (“The White Cat”), “Cendrillon, ou la petite pa
  5. This link goes to a webpage entitled “6 female choreographers you might not know” (https://www.lafabriquedeladanse.fr/2018/evenements/6-femmes-choregraphes-que-vous-ne-connaissez-peut-etre-pas/). (If you have trouble using the linke kindly let me know.) The page is in French, but can be translated into English, although some meaning may be lost in the translation. For example in the first paragraph is the line “Les critiques de journaux (eux aussi des hommes) consacraient des colonnes entières pour un danseur, contre quelques lignes pour une danseuse,” but the English is “The newspaper crit
  6. Dirac, thank you for your kind reply. Tom,
  7. I’m interested in women who are in decision making positions in ballet, which is why I read Bronislava Nijinska’s Early Memoirs and posted about it. Recently I have been researching Marie Sallé and having found information I decided to write this post. However, in regard to the history of ballet I am an amateur, so I don’t claim that I know more about this subject than others on this website. Actually I am hoping that others would be able to add to this post so I can learn more. I seem to remember that there is a thread on “women in ballet,” but I can’t find it now. I also searched for inf
  8. Diane, thank you for your positive comment. I like to know who reads my posts and if the links are of any use. Tom,
  9. Here is a short video from BBC News about the restoration of Anna Pavlova’s “Dying Swan” tutu by the Museum of London: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-london-56613921. I seem to remember reading various dates for the premiere of “The Dying Swan” ranging from 1905 to 1908. This article gives the date as 1907. Does anyone know the actual date? Tom,
  10. One of two things I like about the tale of “Prince Hlini and Signy” is that it switches the gender roles, with the male being the helpless one (the “damsel” in distress) and the female, Signy, being the one who saves him. The other is that the most active characters, the ones that move the story along, are all female - Signy and the two Giantesses. While the prince does some things it is only at the direction of Signy. Also, Signy did not have to marry the prince to be rewarded. She married him because she wanted to and I surmised it was because he was so beautiful. I pointed out that the
  11. This is an Icelandic tale entitled “Prince Hlini and Signy.” It is along similar lines to “Sleeping Beauty,” except that the sleeping beauty - Hlini - is male and the one who saves him -Signy - is female. The story is not very long and can be found here: https://steelthistles.blogspot.com/2020/09/strong-fairy-tale-heroines-29-prince.html. If you would rather you can read my summary of the tale under “spoilers.”
  12. Tom47

    The Stolen Veil

    What about the names of the characters from Swan Lake? The names Odette and Odile seem to go very well together as when a woman is said to be dancing the role of Odette/Odile. According to this webpage http://bewitchingnames.blogspot.com/2011/03/odette.html#:~:text=Odette%20and%20Odile%20are%20the,Odalys%2C%20Otilia%2C%20and%20Ottilie, Odette and Odile are both the “same” names as they are both “feminine versions of Otto,” however, Odette is French and Odile is German. Otte means “prosperous” or “wealthy.” Another website “BabyNames.com” gives both Odette and Odile as being French and
  13. Tom47

    The Stolen Veil

    There are many folktales similar to the Stolen Veil. Some stories contain swan maidens or women who can become some other type of birds. There are also stories involving seals who can remove their seal skins to become human women, an example is the story “The Silkie Wife.” Just think we could’ve had Seal Cove instead of Swan Lake. In the folktale “The Six Swans” six brothers are transformed into swans by an evil stepmother and their sister has to work for six years to break the spell. During that time she cannot speak or laugh. This has little to do with the current “Swan Lake” story
  14. I’ve read that in 1922 Broislava Nijinska danced the title role in “The Afternoon of a Faune” No doubt Bronislava had no problem with the technical side of this as she helped her brother in the development of this part. This intrigued me. In the ballet the Faune is visibly attracted to the Nymphs in a sexual way and appears to try to pressure them into the act of sex. On the other hand, the Nymphs are shy and they resist his advances. This led to me thinking about reversing the sex roles in this ballet. There is a myth about a Naiade - a water Nymph - who abducts a beautiful, young man n
  15. So, what does all this mean? First, there seems no reason from slavic mythology and in particular from the two paragraphs that Heinrich Heine wrote, for Giselle to be forever freed from the power of the Wilis and to return to her grave to rest in peace, since she is not forced to become a Wilis, but becomes one because in her heart there still remains that passion for dancing which she could not satisfy during life. Second, it appears that the word Wilis is correctly pronounced with a “V” sound at the beginning and not a “W” sound. Also, the “s” at the end appears to be redundant, as the le
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