Fairy Tales Remixed
May 11, 2012 § 13 Comments
Whether told as a musical, dance, political parody or anything in between, I can’t say no to a fairy tale. I like the tropes and characters and symbols. I like that we have common stories and can tell them and retell them in new ways through the lens of our cultural or personal values.
So I was thrilled to hear recently that 500 new European fairytales were discovered in Germany, stories written down by a faithful historian well-respected by the Grimm brothers. It’s interesting to see how both the stories that have become famous and the absence of other stories in our canon have shaped us. Read one of the new (and rather odd) tales, The Turnip Princess.
And I’m continually interested in fairy tale retellings.
Swedish artist Daniel Egnéus published his own interpretation of the Grimm’s brothers Little Riding Hood.
Daniel’s rendition looks both modern and gothic, and he makes the characters rich and upper class so he’d have the fun of drawing elaborate 19th century gowns.
This short film on the making of the book is fascinating as well.
I was drawn to the album The Crane Wife by the Decemberists for its storytelling. The whole album is a novel in song. Throughout the album is a three-part ballad fairy tale “The Crane Wife,” which Colin Meloy performs solo below.
Even Salvador Dali let himself be inspired by Alice in Wonderland in this collection of prints. “Down the Rabbit Hole,” 1969
“Advice from a Caterpillar,” 1969
What’s your favorite rendition of a fairy tale?