Dancing with Swords: Eugene ballet adapts 'The Three Musketeers'
By Fred Crafts for The Register-Guard (Oregon)
SWORDS FLASHING and foes falling, D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers - Porthos, Aramis and Athos - have at last vanquished their foes. In a moment of supreme triumph, they turn to each other, slap their swords together and shout - nothing.
This is a ballet. Ballets have no words. A gesture must convey it all, and this sword-smashing display of unity fairly shouts the motto, "All for one and one for all."
Projecting that famous phrase across the footlights was a key hurdle that Eugene Ballet artistic director and chorographer Toni Pimble had to clear as she turned Alexander Dumas' swashbuckler into a full-length dance opus.
Trimming Dumas' novel down to a two-hour action libretto, creating her own musical "soundscape" and teaching dancers to fight with swords were other challenges Pimble had to overcome. click for more