The violet cover shows a graceful solo ballet dancer in toe shoes. Open to see a 3-D theater with the corps de ballet on stage accompanying the principal dancers in a scene from the ballet Swan Lake. In front of the stage, a full orchestra is playing the famous music by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksky.
Now one of the most popular of all ballets, Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.
Swan Lake is a timeless ballet love story that mixes magic, tragedy, and romance into four acts. It features Prince Siegfried and a lovely swan princess named Odette. Under the spell of a sorcerer, Odette spends her days as a swan swimming on a lake of tears and her nights in her beautiful human form.
In many performances, a single prima ballerina plays both Odette and her lover Odile. It is a role that ballerinas strive for from a very young age.
This is a card for a ballet dancer or ballet aficionado, for a birthday, for a performer, a musician, a lover, a Greek, a Russian, a memory, for a special friendship.
Dancing is us at top column.
Dance is music made visible.
Take more chances, dance more dances.
Dancers are the athletes of God. ~Albert Einstein
I’ve developed into quite a swan. I’m one of those people that will probably look better and better as I get older until I drop dead of beauty. ~Rufus Wainwright
Dance is not an exercise. Dance is an art. ~Alicia Alonso
Dancing is poetry with arms and legs. ~Charles Baudelaire
Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul.
- In the 2010 film Black Swan, Natalie Portman, as Nina, dreams of a scene from Swan lake.
- Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake was loosely based on the breakdown of the marriage of Lady Diana to Prince Charles and his relationship with Camilla Parket Bowles. It combined the rôles of Rothbart and Odile into that of a Baroness, and the focus of the story is a love triangle.
- In 2010, South African choreographer and ballet dancer Dada Masilo remade Swan Lake with a mix of classic ballet and African dance. She also made a plot twist by presenting Odile (the black swan) as a gay male swan rather than a female swan.
- The stories and legends of swan-maidens date as far back as ancient Greece. When the Greek god Apollos was born, flying swans circled above his head.