The Fisherman and His Soul
. Ballet by Harry Somers
(music) and Grant Strate (choreography). It was premiered in Hamilton, Ont, 5 Nov 1956, by the National Ballet of Canada; George Crum
conducted the orchestra. The plot is based on a story by Oscar Wilde about a fisherman who gives up his soul to win the love of a mermaid. The music, scored for small orchestra, is partly serial, partly tonal. The ballet, about a half-hour in duration, remained in the repertoire of the National Ballet until 1960 and was performed widely in Canada and the USA.
Links to Other Sites
An extensive multimedia website devoted to the rich and varied world of dance. Features biographies of prominent dance artists, video clips of interviews and dance performances, the "Virtual Dance Studio" where you can create original choreography on your computer, and much more. From ArtsAlive.ca, a National Arts Centre website.