Ophelia's Cotillion: An Invitation to the Nightmare Years, a new musical offering from collaborators Elmo Terry-Morgan and Clarice LaVerne Thompson, attempts to mend this oversight.
Ophelia's Cotillion opens with a black crow sweeping across the stage and then nestling into the trees, observing and shadowing everything that follows.
"Ophelia Bancroft McKenna fears being unmasked by the old families of Philadelphia's Negro elite, just like many of the colored at the time feared losing what few rights and privileges they had." The general insecurity is well founded, for as the social order of the era shifts, the annual Jewel Cotillion and Lilac Ball is in jeopardy.
Ophelia's Cotillion has more substance than your typical Cinderella story, though the musical does culminate in an all's-well-that-ends-well final scene.
The 29-year-old Duchess topped the National League of Junior Cotillions
' annual etiquette list of the 'Ten Best-Mannered People of 2011'.
(4) The "Contredanse Francaise," known as the "cotillion" (or "cotillon") in England, used the same steps as longways dances (Contredanse Anglaise), changing only the form (the arrangement of the dancers).
Specific references to dances and dance figures in Austen's writings are scarce, but both the prevalence of square dances in the late eighteenth century as well as the turn-of-the-century movement toward almost exclusively square dances suggest that Austen and her readers would have been familiar with the cotillion. In addition, Austen makes some specific references to the cotillion.
In a cotillion, four couples change partners while moving through a series of set figures.
The structure of Persuasion employs the cotillion's complexities of time and space.
The cotillion formation established by these individuals and their romances also corresponds to the novel's use of place.
In the text of Persuasion, as in a cotillion, individuals are mobile, yet they are confined by a prescribed set of movements to a limited number of locations and a particular group of individuals.
Because of that friendship, our family was invited to the cotillion
of Pierre's sister, Kate.