Heart to Toe Studios Presented: The Mirror in the Faery Wood 2014
What if there was a mirror that showed you who you truly were? What would you see?
May 3, 2014 at Sauk Rapids Middle School May 10, 2014 at Princeton High School 4:30-6:00
The New Oxford American Dictionary reports faerie (and faery) as "late 16th century (introduced by Spenser): pseudo-archaic variant of fairy."
So basically, the word faerie was introduced by Spenser in his famous epic The Faerie Queene. It is a semi-old word meaning the same thing as our modern fairy.
But the meaning Spenser gave the word faerie, or it's variant faery, was somewhat different.
These days, the word fairy inspires thoughts of Tinkerbell. Sparkly little creatures with tiaras. Animated films full of tiny humans with wings and impossibly big hair.
But the realm of faery is another place.
It is a world of enchantment, where fauns dance with dryads near a coursing river filled with naiads; where the sun touches sleeping trees and wakes them to a wood filled with chattering life, ever-lurking danger, and the sweet air of the faery wood.
In the faery wood, there is no ever-present security... and there is no darkness so dark that the sun will not rise again.
The faery wood reminds us of the possible evil in every seeming good and the good intentions behind many evils.
Heart to Toe's 2014 Production is now written in story form. Students who sign up for ballet may request an emailed copy.