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Symbolism in Nineteenth-Century Ballet: "Giselle", "Coppelia", "The Sleeping Beauty" and "Swan Lake" (Paperback)
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Symbolism in Nineteenth-Century Ballet: "Giselle", "Coppelia", "The Sleeping Beauty" and "Swan Lake" (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 05/01/2012
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This book investigates allegorical meaning in the ballets Giselle, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, principally by examining their original librettos and costume designs, as well as considering their surviving choreographic legacy. Each ballet is examined scene by scene in order to identify occult symbols secreted within its structure. The names of characters, their costume details (form, colour, pattern and attribute) and the parts they play and dance (mime, choreographic step and staging) are individually searched for symbolic correspondences.
The author argues that the meaning of these symbols reveals a serious subtext embedded within each ballet and shows that these subtexts are all found to fable the spiritual journey of the soul towards a heavenly paradise. The distinctive set of symbols and the method of interpretation differ in each case: Giselle takes on a Swedenborgian slant, Coppelia hinges on Masonry, while The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake are steeped in mysticism.

Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
ISBN: 9783034302678
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 mm
Edition: New edition

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