Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Great BALLET Paper Dolls

 1984.  Great BALLET Paper Dolls  To Color and Cut Out by Nancie Swanberg, Troubador Press, San Francisco.  The book has a ballerina and a male ballet dancer with fifteen costumes each.  Here is the male dancer with two of his costumes.
 Kostchei the Wizard in "The Firebird".    The Firebird, a ballet in three scenes.  Choreography by Michel Fokine.  Music by Igor Stravinsky.  The Firebird is based on a Russian folk tale.  While hunting in the woods, Prince Ivan captures the Firebird, but releases her for one of her magic feathers.  Later the prince falls in love with a princess imprisoned in a wizard's enchanted garden.  The wizard tries to kill the Prince.  Ivan's magic feather brings forth the Firebird who kills the evil wizard, setting free the princess.
The Champion Roper in "Rodeo".  RODEO, a ballet in two scenes.  Choreography by Agnes de Mille.  Music by Aaron Copeland.  RODEO is a turn-of-the-century tale about a tomboy cowgirl who wants to be "one of the boys" and at the same time has a crush on the Head Wrangler.  She fails miserably both in her attempts to be a cowboy and in her efforts to attract the wrangler.  At a dance, in a show of great bravado, she wins the love of the extrovert Champion Roper.
It's time for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  The cowboys are heading to Houston and they will camp in Memorial Park.  It is always fun to see all the cowboys and cowgirls, pretty horses and wagons, making their way through the streets of Houston.

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