Le Cimetière (The Cemetery) is the third ballet in the Dans les ténèbres trilogy and concludes the goth/horror storyline begun in La Boîte à musique. Like the first two ballets in the series, it is designed primarily for young dancers and allows for the incorporation of a variety of dance styles.
SynopsisThe younger sister of Goth Girl (from Le Grenier), now a teenager, pays a visit to the cemetery where her sister is buried. (From the headstone we learn that the older sisters name is Angelique Davignon.) Next to the cemetery is a field of wildflowers (dancing children). Younger sister is carrying a basket into which she intends to place wildflowers and assemble them to place on Angeliques grave. Each child/flower holds an actual flower as they dance, and one by one they give them to the sister as she collects her bouquet. Once the bouquet is completed, the sister proceeds to place them next to her Angeliques headstone. Because it is a beautiful, warm afternoon, she then lies down next to Angeliques grave and falls asleep. Time passes, and the sun sets. After sunset the Spirits of the Innocents (children who had died in a local epidemic a century earlier) come out to look at the living girl lying on the ground. These are not malevolent spirits, but are merely curious. When they exit, the town clock can be heard striking midnight. At this the sister wakens and realizes that she has slept far longer than she had intended. But before she can be on her way, other spirits begin to come forth from their graves and dance around her, blocking her escape. These include characters appearing in or referenced in the first ballet: a dead Scot (whose tam-o-shanter was discovered in the trunk), a dead Flapper (whose boa likewise was from the trunk), and the Spectral Couple along with the deceased Aunt. Other spirits also join in, and they are clearly malevolent. Finally the Grandmother appears as a witch, and it becomes apparent that she was behind all the events of the first two ballets, being the evil which no one expected. As she attempts to orchestrate the abduction of the younger sister into their otherworldly coven, suddenly Angelique comes forward and defiantly stands between the sister and Grandmother. Grandmother tries to cast Angelique aside with her powers, but Angelique remains steadfast. Angelique raises her hands, palms facing the menacing crowd, and mysteriously pushes them all away so that they all withdraw reluctantly and return to their tombs, thus saving the younger sister. The two sisters now stand and stare at each other momentarily, then Angelique puts out her hands palms up and younger sister gracefully places her hands on the upturned palms. They look into each others eyes, conveying the love that they share as sisters, then Angelique slowly backs away and returns to her tomb. Younger sister looks after her for a brief moment before finally turning to go back to the land of the living. All is well. The evil has been conquered by no less than love itself. End of ballet.
Scene: A cemetery (rear stage left) with an empty field (center stage, stage right)
Time: An afternoon a few years after Le Grenier.
(in order of appearance)
Goth Girls Younger Sister
Spirits of the Innocents
Angelique (Goth Girl)
Scored for strings, flute, oboe/oboe damour, clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, harp, piano/harpsichord/organ, and percussion (timpani, vibraphone, gong, bass drum, drum set, tambourine, whip).
Total length: appoximately 27 minutes. Score is available on request. Please contact the composer for more information.
Dance of the Innocents
Awaking & Mazurka of Malevolent Spirits
Dead Scot Dance
Dead Flapper Dance
Spectral Couple Waltz
Goth Girl Dance
Witch Dance & Finale
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