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Vincente Romero © 2007-2009

 

As I’m focused on picture books for children through my 12 x 12  challenge, I’ve also just enrolled in a class on The Art of the Picture Book illustration class with Shadra Strickland.

(Of course, I could never be as good as Vincente Romaro who’s paintings I’ve just discovered!)

So for a ‘tester’ project, I’m going to use a poem I wrote many years ago (and I mean many) in the early 60’s called “The Prima Ballerina”.

I hope to show you how I adapt it to a PB and slowly, how I have a go at illustrating it too…

 

The Prima Ballerina

She lives in a world of fairy tales,

all fantasy, happiness and woe. 

 

Floating across the stage in tulle,

fine silk or organza.,

 

softly pirouettes through the mist,

or dies upon the snow. 

 

This is the world of Ballet

of the Prima Ballerina.

 

So lithe and slim, so beautiful,

so graceful and serene. 

 

On stage, supremely untouchable

yet so frail behind the scenes. 

 

She’s the Queen of the ‘Corps de Ballet’,

the star with the golden feet, 

 

dancing her way through ‘Petruska’,

‘Swan Lake’ or the ‘Nutcracker Suite’.

 

The audience, transfixed with awe,

watch silently, as in a dream,

 

for gripped by suspense and beauty

 – such as they’ve never seen! 

 

They observe the scenery so real,

the superbly made costumes,

 

but their eyes are fixed on the ‘Bluebird’

and all it’s fine blue plumes.

 

And when the ballet is done,

And encore after encore taken.

 

And baskets and bouquets

of flowers dispensed….

 

There’s a feeling of despair and longing

at the end of such unforgettable enchantment.

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 1968

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In the dark old days, the storyteller always had the best place by the campfire. Those days may be gone, but the power of story remains. It’s time we acknowledged that, and brought our authors out of the cold.

Joanne Harris  from her excellent article:  This fairy story has lost its happy ending.

I’ve just finished watching  ‘The Swan Princess’  on the Drive In on-line page.  Although it credits the story writers and the screenplay writer, it doesn’t mentioned the original  Other Swan Stories it may well have been inspired by.   Now I want to know which of those stories the beautiful ballet ‘Swan Lake’ was based on.

How many people do you think, have enjoyed these story in all their many presentations.  And how many do you think know who wrote the originals, who was the first to put pen to paper?

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A story I wrote for my own children in the late 80’s was awarded the FAWWA Furphy in 1994 as “The Best Children’s Book Manuscript”.

To my total surprise, my story was nominated without my knowledge by my fellow writers group members at the Fellowship of Australian Writers here in Western Australia .

Since then,I’ve adapted the story to a pantomime and it’s been performed at Emerald Park by members of the Northern Youth Theatre then again at the 1995 Joondalup Festival.

I’m currently updating the story and adapting it to a script.  I know it’s a good story and I want it to live many lives.

Just returned from watching my 6 year old niece dance – it would also make a good ballet.

I’ve never actually sent it out for publication though.  I wonder why?

 

#FrancesMacaulayForde   #TheSwanPrincess  #SwanLake  #TheSwimmingPoolPeople  #NorthernYouthTheatre  #FAWWA

 

 

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My niece Ashleigh’s visiting from Canada where she lives with her partner Will – a wonderful surprise! 

I’m very, very proud of her – she’s the ballerina I always wanted to be.

First steps at three followed by years of tutor-ledge by her devoted sister Tenille at West Coast Dance Company and finishing at the world-renowned WAAPA in Perth.  

Of course you never finish learning, so Ashleigh has honed her craft with many prestigious dance companies since.  

Her art has taken her all over the world on ships and stages in Sydney, LA, London, Edinburgh and more recently Victoria.  

Performing makes Ashleigh smile inside.

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At The Beginning: Thirteen year old Ashleigh won Runner-up in the National Cecchetti Congress Awards, competing against 16 year olds.

Many (too many) years ago, when I was about the same age, I wrote this poem.  Not so long ago I read it at Ashleigh’s Ballet-teacher big sister Tenille’s 21st.

The Prima Ballerina

She lives in a world of fairy tales,

all fantasy, happiness & woe.

Floating across the stage in tulle,

fine silk or organza, softly

pirouettes through the mist

or dies upon the snow.

This is the world of the Ballet

– of the Prima Ballerina.

 

So lithe, so fine, so beautiful,

so graceful and serene,

On stage supremely untouchable,

yet so frail behind the scenes.

She’s the queen of the Corps de Ballet

– the star with the golden feet

dancing her way through Petrushka,

Swan Lake or The Nutcracker Suite.

 

The audience, transfixed with awe

watch silently, as in a dream,

for gripped by suspense and beauty

such as they’ve never seen,

they observe the scenery so real

– the superbly made costumes

but they eyes are fixed on the Bluebird

and all it’s fine blue plumbs.

 

And when the ballet is done

and encore after encore taken,

baskets and bouquets of flower dispensed…

There’s such a feeling of despair

and longing at the end of so much

un-forgettable enchantment.

.

Frances Macaulay Forde @ 1962

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We all dream of dancing through life but few of us have the commitment and character to carry it through.

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