Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Swans: Prose Inspired by Edgar Degas’ “Blue Dancers”
A short piece of fiction inspired by Edgar Degas’ painting “Blue Dancers.” The piece aims to give the subjects of the painting a story and bring it to life.
The ballet was beautiful, but Teresa was more interested in the dancers. The audience had left by now and she watched the dancers as they prepared to go home. They were as beautiful offstage as they were on it. They were stunning and graceful even as they stretched their tired limbs and playfully teased each other. One of them, giddy with joy, began to spin – and Teresa’s world spun with her. A second dancer held her arms up and extended her neck; she was a swan, lovely and elegant. A third sat on the floor, wrapping her arms around her knees. She rested her fragile bones; her tutu spilled across the floor in a pool of lace and tulle. Read more.