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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Swan Lake

The ballet, Swan Lake, has been re-imagined by the dancers and acrobats of the Great Chinese State Circus.

You can view more acrobatic ballet here.

The ballet is based on the symphony by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, which itself was based on an old folktale. The folktale has been retold for children by Anthea Bell [JP BEL] and is in our picture book section, as are several ballet inspired books. One of these is Swan Lake by Rachel Isadora [JP ISA]. Isadora was a trained dancer until an injury led her to pursue children's books; she even performed for a time with the Boston Ballet.

The story of Swan Lake is also included in The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories [J 792.8 ILL].

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