Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Little Mermaid, said Princess Haiku

The San Francisco Ballet is premiering, The Little Mermaid, starring Yuan Yuan Tan and I must absolutely see it. You can see a short preview of the performance on the video below and of course more information is available via the ballet's website.


The Little Mermaid presents a variation on the theme of love, which is quite unique, said Neumeier. “Someone whose love is so strong that they will pass boundaries — a boundless love.”

San Francisco Ballet’s Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, who describes The Little Mermaid as “a feast for the eye,” had the pleasure of seeing the ballet in Hamburg and “loved it.” He thought it would be a fantastic production to bring to San Francisco.

“It’s very, very different than anything we have done before,” said Tomasson.

The debuting ballet still encompasses the popular film’s major concept – a mermaid who falls in love with a prince and transcends through both worlds to be with him. However, this ballet reaches a whole new psychological and emotional level, as the mermaid’s two physical states represent a battle between lifestyles and state of being.

The Little Mermaid will also feature an original commissioned score by renowned composer Lera Auerbach.

I wonder what it would be like to be a mermaid and torn between sea and mortal world? Perhaps like the undertow, the pull of deep feelings of mystical consciousness and the need for practical daily interaction with humans would leave one haunted. The mythical and archetypal possibilities of this kind of musing are endless.

Such blue, such an eternal sea of doubt..

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