A Lovely Obsession

Love and obsession in ballet.

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Giselle changes into a wili- Giselle

Wilis were the spirits of girls who died unmarried and heartbroken with a passion for dance. They came out at night making unlucky men who wandered into their midst dance until they died.

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Love

Yet for most dancers, ballet is something they love more than anything else. They radiate happiness or passion when they dance and they enjoy going to class, getting corrections and working as hard as they can on whatever part they get in a performance. To me, the definition of love is the recognition of something or someone’s beauty while realising its flaws but seeing beauty in those flaws at the same time.

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Obsession

Ballet can become an obsession for a lot of dancers. They must keep dancing, even though they might not want to or it might be unhealthy for them. They live, eat, sleep and breathe ballet, yet lack the passion needed to become as thin and flexible as they feel like they need to be.

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Swanilda and Franz are engaged and happily in love until Dr. Coppelius created a doll that is so lifelike, Franz mistakes her for a real girl and becomes obsessed with her, just as Dr. Coppelius is obsessed with dolls. Swanilda becomes jealous and investigates Dr. Coppelius’ workplace. As he returns she hides and pretends to be a live Coppelia to please Dr. Coppelius as he had been trying to bring her to life. Franz realises Coppelia is a doll and he marries Swanilda.

Swanilda and Franz are engaged and happily in love until Dr. Coppelius created a doll that is so lifelike, Franz mistakes her for a real girl and becomes obsessed with her, just as Dr. Coppelius is obsessed with dolls. Swanilda becomes jealous and investigates Dr. Coppelius’ workplace. As he returns she hides and pretends to be a live Coppelia to please Dr. Coppelius as he had been trying to bring her to life. Franz realises Coppelia is a doll and he marries Swanilda.

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Siegfried loved Odette so much that he followed her to death so they could be together forever. He had promised her that he would not swear his love to anyone else and stay with her forever. However, Rothbart, the evil magician who turned Odette into a swan maiden tricked Siegfried into swearing his love to his daughter Odile, who looked exactly like Odette. Odette’s sacrifice did free all the other swan maidens from the curse and killed Rothbart.

Siegfried loved Odette so much that he followed her to death so they could be together forever. He had promised her that he would not swear his love to anyone else and stay with her forever. However, Rothbart, the evil magician who turned Odette into a swan maiden tricked Siegfried into swearing his love to his daughter Odile, who looked exactly like Odette. Odette’s sacrifice did free all the other swan maidens from the curse and killed Rothbart.