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Follow Your Dream, Day #400: The Wind-Up Doll

Today is the 400th day of the Follow Your Dream production journal. That calls for something special, don't you think? How about never-before-seen footage from RAF Bassingbourn in 1998, showing OG Little Spirit Helen Egan rehearsing the Wind-Up Doll scene with OG Doll Fiona Harold?

One of the most hauntingly beautiful moments in every iteration of Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance is the Wind-Up Doll sequence at the beginning of Celtic Dream. Planet Ireland -- the setting for the show -- is the Little Spirit's dream. Everything in it is her creation. Here, early in the first act, we see her bringing one of her creations to life. This is a beautiful, haunting moment; the dream is still young, and the Dark Lord has not yet arisen.

It is women who bring life into the world, and it is no surprise that this number, Celtic Dream, is all female. It is more than "just" a slip jig number; it is a graceful, dreamlike setting of peace and harmony, into which our female good-girl lead character, Saoirse, emerges like a majestic flower upon a beautiful meadow.

The sharp contrast with the next number -- Warriors, an all-male hardshoe number which introduces Don Dorcha, the dark lord -- is deliberately jarring. It is the contrast of energies -- masculine and feminine, as well as negative and positive characters -- which gives the show its dramatic tension.

But there is always this one beautiful, haunting moment: the Wind-Up Doll.

What might the Little Spirit create next?

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.


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