(5/30/01 9:34:26 pm)
| Swan Lake|
I don't see the relevant thread up here any more, so here's a new one.
From suggestions on the board, I recently picked up the picture book by Dame Margot Fonteyn and Trina Schart Hyman -- beautiful, of course!
Reading the story, though, reminded me of a book I'd buried on my shelves and nearly forgotten. Is anyone else familiar with Mark Helprin's book, illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg in 1989? Are Helprin's details original, such as the old man and the little girl (daughter of our ill-fated lovers) as a framing device? I'd be glad to tell more about it, if anyone is interested, but sadly there are no notes of any kind -- just the story.
(5/31/01 2:38:40 am)
| Original pieces|
As far as I know, Halprin added many of his own storytelling devices to the basic ballet plot. The ballet plot is, of course, based on the Russian folk stories of the Morskoi Tsar who was the Water King. His daughters were beautiful maidens known as Rusulkas who appeared on the water as swans, geese, ducks, or spoonbills. (See my new book THE FISH PRINCE & OTHER MERMAN STORIES for a retelling of the most famous of these tales.)
(6/27/01 6:53:36 am)
Is that faery-tale any relation to the opera "Rusalka?" I'm not entirely sure...
Also, is there any particular known reason why women were transformed into birds, as opposed to some other sort of animal?