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"marie tahiliani" Discussed on Historical Bookworm
"Ghost. Who's a female honestly. I don't know jimmy. Joe says that her ghost stories are often like scooby. Doo tip thing where you pull the sheet back in. It's not a ghost and that's a lot of mine are too but when you're writing about a ballet there's something haunting about past ballerinas and things like that big cavernous dark theaters in things. So i've i've explored some empty theaters before and i could just imagine ghosts and things like that. It was a cool but erie feeling the ghost of craven street theater. Who's in a midnight dance. Plays a pretty important part because she's connected to the heroin and the heroine's driven to find out her story and it just it's somehow fit really well with the theater atmosphere the ballet atmosphere and ethereal artistic slightly haunting nature of of a big theater. And is this like scooby doo type. Where someone's behind all the bells and whistles ours at little bit more. Like real haunting. It's more does that. Give away too many spoilers. No no it doesn't honestly it's more of a built up legend that people have passed around and lots of different people have imagined they've seen this ghost dances in the red ballet slippers. And things like that but we found out pretty quickly at the beginning of the book. What the secret behind. The ghost is and the mean character actually knows what it is knows that this particular Ballerina can't be a ghost but then she starts seeing some things in wondering if maybe there is and there never is just because christian friction. It'd be difficult to pull off a true ghost. But i do love. Having kind of that sense of there may be a ghost for at least part of the story Yeah because as a reader you have an emotional experience so like those trickles on the back. Year net cuts always thrilling. Absolutely i like recreating the way that i feel with daffy damore your charles dickens. There's just a little at a bali really does lend itself to that. Because when you think about some of these ballets maybe sleeping beauty for instance have been around for centuries and often there would be a particular ballerina who had danced the lead part just for a long time and it would be her part for a long time so if you were the next person stepping into that role once she is retired that is you could definitely see some legend following that and living up to everything. Yeah i'm digging this absolutely. Yeah and i think the the heroine feels that because her life is taking a very similar. Turn to this woman whose life ended very tragically. And so she. It's almost like this person is haunting her and dogging her steps and so it's a whole other level to a ghost fail. I think okay. Yeah yeah the sounds really good. I don't know if i pronounced her love interest name right. It is felipe right. Or is it. Philippi it's philippe actually very impressed. New pronounced it right reading this right. So just for fun is philippe another is via ballet dancer too. He is actually. He's the principal dancer in the theater. So he's the tap male dancer and he's the one that she has the initial midnight dance with the title was patterned after and point in the story. Okay okay. I just wanted to give the the hero like a little bit of screen time. See if there's anything interesting surrounding him that we tease our readers with lose to potential heroes. There's felipe in jack. And as i was writing it actually went back and forth between who it ended up being hero. Oh wow so. We don't actually know who it's going to be correct. Took me most out. Oh wow okay. That's fun for the reader. If you didn't know. I bet the read. It really does not to be the best way to surprise readers despise myself. All there you go. Yeah so haven't ran all of your books about the ones that i have read. And there were a lot of scenes in the main protagonist point of view the heroine's and then just a couple in the heroes. Is that the same with this book as well. Yes it is but it was a little bit tricky because again i didn't know who the hero is going to be for most of the book. There's only the heroine's point of view and then there was one scene that was actually between the two possible. Heroes them talking about the heroin. And i was like okay. I know who the hero is. And then we started with point of view a little bit and i very much only point of view so anyone who wants a spoiler to know who the hero is cease to the back of the boat confined who eventually gets a point of view all to himself. And they'll know no darcy. He always read the end of bucks. She's influencing listen so let's see here. I like to shift gears. A little from the spooky element to the art of ballet. Why did you choose valet for this particular book. Honestly a lot of it was wanting to spend some time with my daughter in connect over something that she really enjoyed. I had no clue about it all. I didn't understand that. I'm not built to bill. That's just i'm not coordinated enough so it actually took me more research than normal to delve into this aspect of history because not only is like a an art form. I don't know much about but it's changed a lot. Since the victorian era so i really understand the history of it but once i started getting into it and once. They took her to her. I live ballet. Wow i was completely blown away. By how much i loved the live performances and all of that color in life in energy that was on the stage. I could just totally feel that pouring out into the pages as i wrote and so it was a really fun book Varying me very fine. The i've heard a lot of good things and our review team when they looked over there. They're like wow. This is like the best one that she's written so far. So fearing the. I think channeled the energy of an excited seven-year-old bellied insert very neat Now since ballet's performance dance that originated during the italian renaissance in the fifteenth century and overtime has been influenced by so many other dance genres so many different countries. What was it like trying to research the art for the time period because it would have been a little bit different back. Then where did they even have hard shoes yet by. Then the hard shoes were actually just about coming into existence. They did dance on point which is on the top of their toes of very little bit but it was more of an acrobatic pop up under their toes for a few seconds here in there. They did not dance entire songs like they do now. They also were very long heavy skirts and it totally changed the way they danced because they were so limited so i did actually start with the very beginnings of ballet and figure out kind of its origins in that plane into the spiritual of the story how it started out as an offering for the king and it was a very royal very formal and things like that. But we're where they were on the eighteen thirties. It was just transitioning the rest of the world. Had the rest of the art world had started leaving the classical period in into the romantic period but valley was a little bit behind so there was one dancer who ushered forward into the romantic era and her name was marie tahiliani and my heroine is a little bit patterned after her because i really respected the way she lived her life and the way she danced a little bit differently and the way she danced ends. Being the way.
Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse, an interview with Patricia Mears
"On your new exhibition. It is truly magical. It's supremely beautiful. Have to say and I learned a ton from its accompanying catalogue which is called Ballerina. Fashions Modern Muse for any of our listeners. Who WanNa pop on over to Amazon and pick up a copy so for any of our listeners. Who like me may not be ballet aficionados? I'm hoping I we can do a little bit of Bali history just a little bit. When do I see the emergence of ballet? And what distinguished? It from other types of dance which preceded it bally's quite an old art form the genesis of what you see today. The basic steps in the positions were already in place as early as the sixteen sixties. The first formal school was started in sixteen sixty one under the auspices of Louis. The fourteenth who himself was a very accomplished valeted Ella. It was clearly an aristocratic endeavor. And you see that carried over today. This would erect posture. This sort of very formal movement of the body so in some ways it is part of that French also regime aspect and we still see it today but ballet's also a very athletic endeavor so it's marrying these two extremes if you will sort of restraint kind of technical Bravura and again. That's why I think they call ballet dancers artists athletes. Yeah because they merged the two and then fast forward. The ballet went from being aristocratic very classical in its themes and male dominated to about the eighteen. Twenty eighteen thirties when women take over ballet's international. It's much more standardized and very importantly the romantic style. The sort of supernatural narrative takes over and it seems that women artists were better suited to express this new ballet form. What can you tell us about the life of a professional ballerina in the early years of the art forum in the Nineteenth Century? What was her place in society very different from today. The Ballerina really sat at the bottom of the socio economic scale. If you will. There were a few exceptions in. Even though there was a flourishing in the eighteen thirties and forties where there were certainly respectable stars By and large these women were very marginalized. They were paid very little and as a result they were often exploited. Many of them had to turn to prostitution To survive and we see these beautiful pictures by got today showing what seems like an idealized environment but in fact often in the back. You'll see men lurking. They were known as the abomination repower men of the Jockey Club and they regularly exploited these young women so many of them had very sad stories even though they were quite accomplished artists and speaking of data. I think there's even a little back story to his very famous sculpture of the fourteen year. Old Dancer Right. That's right that famous. Bronze sculpture is of a young girl She was part of a family where I think her sister was. Also a dancer but sadly she was likely a victim of the circumstances at the time where she hardly made any money to survive. Many of the dancers were hungry. They were physically exerting themselves and this young lady did fall into prostitution as well and probably died a very sad life so yeah it's horrible to think of and so different from the way we view dancers today right and it really is a fact that the majority of ballerinas then and now will never make it to star status. That's right or or you know prima which was a term. That's kind of more favorite in the past right. Today's top dancers are really generally called principal dancers. If I'm correct right why this shift and terminology from Ballerina to Principal Dancer. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that ballet culture came up in Great Britain and especially the United States and we view ourselves as a bit more democratic so the idea of the Ballerina which was a term given to very very few female dancers. You really had to be at the apex at one point in the late nineteenth century in Russia and said there were only six ballerinas in all of Russia was extraordinary So you can see how limited the term was bandied about then but today we view of the hierarchy of the principal soloist in the quarter ballet member but I think it erases the difference between male versus female and one that really I think asserts a sense of achieving it not so much through social connections or through whims but really through technical as well as artistic merit so. This is one of the reasons we see that change in France. They still use the word. A twelve or star to designate the very top rank. Oh Nice Yeah. I'd like to turn our attention to one of the all time greats who we were just talking about Before we started recording Marie Tahiliani And she really rose to international claim in the early nineteenth century. I'm hoping you could tell us a little bit about her. And also her innovations which helped to shape the future trajectory of ballet as an art form. That's right I think Marie Tagliani was important to very significant ways. One was the art form itself. He was not considered a beautiful woman and had certain physical flaws. Someone told me that. She was slightly hunchback and her father who was a brilliant choreographer was able to create dance. Movements that did not distract from that in fact Really enhanced her physical illness She was very hard working and she was a pioneer of the idea of going up on point sort of Now we think of it is absolutely essential in classical ballet for a female dancer but it was very rare when she started and I think the other thing that she did was to raise the respectability of the Ballerina. She was very careful in the way she cost him herself. She was discreet. Show is where pearls she had. A Floral Diadem And the other thing is that she acted very lady like off stage and she made sure her physical depictions whether in costume more in high fashion. We're always done in a very respectable way so she was able to do something. Many other ballerinas could not do which was Garner female audience. Even the young Princess Victoria was a huge fan of hers and so if members of the royal family could embrace. It was considered acceptable. So she was a breakaway star but unusual in that way and and correct me. If I'm wrong queen perhaps named one of her horses Tahiliani. He did tell Yoni was one of her race horses and also there was a stagecoach that ran between cities that was called the Tagliani fabrics after her famous role muscle feed many different types. Candies were named after her and the Russians were especially enamored. There were some bellum who made a soup out of her shoes needed hotel. Yoni mania swept through Europe and the eighteen thirties forties talk about being a mythic. Yes exactly Speaking of iconic elements of ballet. I would be very very surprised if there's a single one of our listeners out there who is not familiar with the garment which is of course. Queen essentially synonymous with ballet and I am of course talking about the two one thing that I was taken a bit backed by. When I was reading the exhibition catalogue was the somewhat body origins of this term. So how did this term to come about an aunt at its most basic? What is a two two while the two two is just the Ballerina skirt? It's costume and when it was invented in the eighteen thirties It was a word that came from. Rather if you will of course background it's a slang or play on the word. Kuku which itself is slang for the petite call. Which is your behind. Basically ballet audiences were different in the way they were positioned back in those days. The people who were members of the aristocracy or had money were always in what they called the box seats or the rings that were on the upper tiers of the Opera House and it was down in the orchestra seats where the more working class people sat and they could sometimes get a glimpse of the Valarie Yes that they were diaphanous garments and so sometimes depending on how she twirled or whatnot it you could get a look up them and they were also bit dangerous they were often starched ahead sizing in them which made them flammable and with the open gas lights. Some of the Ballerina skirts caught on fire and sadly a number of stars did die that