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Camille LeFevre on teaching and writing arts journalism

Of Were-Swans and Automatons: The Enduring Mystique of “Swan Lake”

I rarely write previews anymore, but couldn’t resist crafting this essay, The Enduring Mystique of “Swan Lake,” for mnartists.org.

The article “previews” a performance of “Swan Lake” by the Voronezh State Ballet Theatre of Russia (this Thursday evening at Northrop) while talking about the idea of transformation in “Black  Swan.” Part of the essay actually comes from an abstract I submitted to the Popular Culture Association’s Science Fiction and Fantasy area, for a paper I’m presenting in April at the organization’s annual conference. I especially like (and appreciate) how my editor at mnartists.org hyperlinked to a video of Summer Glau–as the cyborg Cameron in “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”–performing ballet as an example of cyborg ballerina: a topic I presented a paper on last year at the conference.

Here it is again: a segment which (as one of the comments says) would have made a perfect conclusion to this cinematic sci-fi show, with its visceral, agonizing and poignant theme of human-technological hybridity.

Enjoy!

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February 1, 2011 Posted by | Recent Work | , , , , , | 1 Comment