okay, I was so blessed to have been able to see this exact show at castlefest this summer? It was the first time Heilung performed live, and Gods, I still get goosebumps? — watch it, it’s worth your hour, I promise.
La Spectre de la Rose (1938). Edward Seago (English, 1910-1974). Oil on board.
La Spectre de la Rose takes its name from the eponymous ballet that Seago had seen in Monte Carlo, and formed part of an exhibition of ballet pictures that the artist exhibited in New York in 1938. It featured the dancers Serge Lifa and Tamara Toumanova who are depicted in this work.
In which you have no idea how many times I found a ‘Cloud’ I missed when amending the names. I probably still missed a few:
Once upon a time the beautiful Princess Lifa of Niflheim was kidnapped by the Evil Zefiroth. Her father King Rockhart was very sad for the princess who had been taken far away, and told all his knights they could marry the princess if they rescued her. All the knights tried and failed to reach the Zefiroth’s Evil Fortress – and now there was no one in their kingdom who could save them. Just as everything seemed lost, an orphan boy called Sky Tribal arrived in the Kingdom of Niflheim. He had heard of the princess’s beauty and wished to save her – and wanted to marry Princess Lifa.