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I hope this isn’t becoming an epidemic… June 1, 2011

Filed under: ballet — theworstat @ 5:10 pm
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From what I remember of Swan Lake, Odile, the black swan, is supposed to be a ringer for Odette, the white swan, except for her tutu.  Right? Isn’t that how the prince gets fooled?

Well, ever since the movie Black Swan, it seems that garish eye makeup has become the accepted norm for Odile.  Let’s hope this isn’t permanent.  It disrupts the story line and could make the ballet a pain in the ass for ballerinas who would rather dance than apply and remove 60 tons of eye makeup between acts.

The latest to fall for this questionable trend is a small ballet company scheduled to appear at the famed Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock, IL.  Read it and weep at the photo:

Black Swan (Lake)