Then she remembered she had no wings.
The beauty of Tchaikovsky’s ballet in a rich setting of towering trees, vast mountains, and woe-begotten swans.
After abduction by sorcerer von Rothbart, Odette experiences the sensation she’s transforming into a swan each day at dawn in a secluded forest with an enchanted lake. In the moonlight, Odette reverts to a human, but her experience by the lake grows increasingly more terrifying as whispers and the image of a woman in a black dress haunt her.
The hidden pieces of Odette manifest as the malevolent Odile, whose ambitions threaten to keep Odette a swan forever. Swanbound thrilled with its twisted bits of magic, psychological complexity, and blurred lines that reflect the dichotomy within us all.
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Watch Brooke Elden read chapter 1 of Swanbound!
I was always infatuated with this story and thought, “what if Odile didn’t just appear at the end for the ball, what if she was her own character?” Thus, this story was born.
Enter the adventure’s soundscapes with the two playlists below!
Wings: Swan Lake Playlist Fanmix Vol. 2
It’s Not What It Seems: Swan Lake Playlist Vol. 1
Playlist cover art by Brooke Elden
All images (c) Brooke Elden.