Recently I announced the book “The Interior Sight”, my first book that I co-created in collaboration with my endearing friend and book author Victor Peláez. This is one of the stories in the book that we titled “Traditions”.
Here is the story:
Young Prince Siegfried celebrates his coming of age. His mother tells him that the next day, during a big birthday party, he will have to choose a wife. Displeased by not being able to choose his beloved one by love, he goes during the night to the forest. Suddenly, he sees a group of swans. Once the swans have arrived near a lake, he holds his bayonet, he is ready to shoot, but he stops immediately: before him, there is a beautiful woman dressed in white swan feathers.
Enamored, they dance, and Siegfried learns that the young woman is actually Odette. A terrible and evil wizard captured and spelled her; By day she would become a swan, and at night she would be a woman again.
The next day, during the dance, following Siegfried’s girlfriend candidates, is the magician with his daughter Odilia, dressed in black (the black swan), who is Odette’s double. Deceived by the resemblance, Siegfried, dances with her, declares his love to her, and tells the court that he intends to marry her. Later, at the time of the wedding, the real Odette appears.
Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovsky (Russia 1840-1893) composed “The Swan Lake” in 1877, creating with it the most famous ballet of all time. The most important ballet artists have danced “The Swan Lake”, from the great Anna Pavlova to the dancer Rudolf Nureyev who created a version with Freudian resonance called “The Dream Lake” that qualified as the most perfected version.
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