The Pipell In Nycb's Swan Lake

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In the synopsis for NYCB’s Swan Lake I read: “The spell can be broken only by a man who swears undying love and fidelity.” This latter concept (particularly) causes us to roll our eyes and sounds incredibly naive, unbelievable to our super sophisticated 21st century ears. Whoever authored the libretto of Swan Lake introduced the prospect of betrayal into the story after all. Life itself, however, is no less deceptive than a fairy tale. What makes The Sleeping Beauty so powerful, so haunting, so thematically cohesive and convincing is that the breaking of the spell there seems inextricably connected to “undying love and fidelity.” In layman terms, it is impossible to wake someone up until you truly love
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