"Giselle</I>, "Coppélia</I>, "The Sleeping Beauty</I> and "Swan Lake</I>
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, Coppélia hinges on Masonry, while The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake are steeped in mysticism.
Preface vii List of Plates ix Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Giselle 9 Chapter 2 Coppélia 51 Chapter 3 The Sleeping Beauty 121 Chapter 4 Swan Lake 195 Conclusion: Choreographic Symbol and its Erosion 247 Appendix: Petipa’s Variation for Aurora, Act I, in Stepanov notation 253 Bibliography 257 Index 265
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