Andersen found inspiration in post-apocalyptic films, including Mad Max , which both dancers and designers watched early in the process of bringing the ballet to life. Fabio Toblini, who designed The Firebird costumes, drew inspiration from Elizabethan doublets, medieval armor, and s television shows.
His army costumes include patches reminiscent of Star Trek uniforms, and sleeves that resemble articulated exoskeletons. Toblini worked with a wide range of materials, from crystals to reflective tape. Before molding a material often used in cosplay, he turned to YouTube videos for instructions. His designs also include an elaborate headpiece for the Firebird, and her gold shimmering makeup, complete with crystals. But he turned to music as well, including an early s hip-hop artist named Burt Rammellzee, who built 3-D bodysuits with found objects. Andersen mentioned several films, including Blade Runner and Avatar , when talking with lighting designer Michael Korsch about creating the visual backdrop for the ballet.
A lot of Korsch's imagery is multilayered, culled from sources ranging from stock images to his own photographs. The first time it all came together was Tuesday, February 12, when rehearsals moved to Symphony Hall. You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter s - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Last week, an air of quiet calm filled Ballet Arizona studios as dancers rehearsed with Andersen and designers continued to finesse their work. There were still decisions to be made, including whether or not dancers performing the Firebird role would wear white-out contact lenses. Lever du jour Danse infernale de tous les sujets de Kastchei Kalmus Scores published by J. Chester, Ltd.
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Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young Nicola Marter was born with a gift. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna into the past who leads her on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 4th by Sourcebooks Landmark first published More Details Original Title. Aberdeenshire, Scotland St.
Petersburg, Russia. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Firebird , please sign up. Annie It is, sort of. Not the main characters, but the object of their search is the child, Anna, from the Winter Sea. It could really be read as a …more It is, sort of. It could really be read as a stand-alone. Also, Rob, one of the main characters, is the young boy from The Shadowy Horses. Also not necessary to read before this one, but it is kind of fun seeing what happened to those characters later.
Also, Anna from this story has a cameo appearance in A Desperate Fortune. Brenda I categorize it as dual-time period and paranormal E. I loved it as well. See all 9 questions about The Firebird…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 18, Hannah rated it liked it Shelves: reads , historicals , romances.
Rating Clarification: 2. Let me reiterate: I.
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They make me smile. They make me cry. They sometimes make me gasp in surprise over her clever plot twists. They educate me on less known periods of history. They allow the romantic in me to squee over the characters and their struggles, and cheer these fictional people on. They even allow the cynic in me to swallow Rating Clarification: 2. They even allow the cynic in me to swallow improbable concepts like ghosts, time travel, and time slip.
They comfort me with their clean, cozy charm. Sad to say, The Firebird did none of these things this time around, and for that this reader and fan is sad indeed. I will accept some of the blame for the disappointment, because I've come to expect alot from Kearsley's stories. While it is a continuation of The Winter Sea , and loose ends from that novel are tied up in this one, there's not a good deal of historic "meat" to gnaw on regarding the Jacobite rebellion of the early 18th century as it pertains to Russia's slight involvement.
With that rich historic context and backdrop, I was rightly expecting a great story with engaging characters, a good "twist", a good 2-hanky cry and an emotive resolution to the journey of some of the characters begun in The Winter Sea. Instead, I found the past-life plotline of The Firebird just a string of incidences involving view spoiler [our heroine Anna fleeing from one place to another and conveniently meeting and talking to some of the real life historic figures of the period.
And she gets pretty fabric. And she sews it into a dress. And she catches a bird.
Edge-of-your-seat excitement, yes? Nothing else and I do mean nothing else much happens to Anna. But my biggest complaint with this book is a personal one that might not be shared by other readers, and it is the present day storyline involving view spoiler [Rob and Nicola's mindreading abilities.
Why am I able to accept Kearsley's forays into ghosts, time travel and time slip and not accept mindreading is something I can't explain. I only know that I couldn't swallow this ability from the first moment Rob "invaded" Nicola's mind, until the final Vulcan mind-meld of our present day lovers in the last pages.
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It was hokey. It was really, really hokey. As a result, my enjoyment of over half this book was marred by my inability to let go and just acccept. I really do. And while this was a disappointing chapter in my fan girl love affair with Kearsley's stories, I'm still a big fan, and eagerly await her next book. She was so kind to send her un-read copy over the border so that I could read it before the US release date.
View all 83 comments. All the stars for this Susanna Kearsley dual timeline of course novel, which takes us from Scotland to Belgium to Russia, with a brief stop in France, as our two modern characters, Nicola and Rob, who both have strong psychic abilities, follow the trail of Anna, a young girl in the early s and the daughter of the couple in The Winter Sea. The McGuffin in this story is the eponymous firebird, a wood carving of a bird that may have come from the tsarina of Russia back in the day. Nicola, w All the stars for this Susanna Kearsley dual timeline of course novel, which takes us from Scotland to Belgium to Russia, with a brief stop in France, as our two modern characters, Nicola and Rob, who both have strong psychic abilities, follow the trail of Anna, a young girl in the early s and the daughter of the couple in The Winter Sea.
Upping my rating from 4 stars to 5 because I'm in love with this book. Susanna Kearsley at her best! Full review to come.
View all 13 comments. Nicola Marter has special abilities. She can touch an object and sense its past. When a client brings in a small, wooden carving of a bird - The Firebird - to the gallery where she works for an art dealer, Nicola knows that the bird is as claimed by the owner, an artifact from the 18th century Empress Catherine of Russia. There is no proof of documentation to authenticate this though. Nicola goes to the one person she knows who can help, Rob McMorran whose own psychic gifts are far stronger than Nicola Marter has special abilities. Nicola goes to the one person she knows who can help, Rob McMorran whose own psychic gifts are far stronger than hers.
They have a past, and as they travel through Europe and finally to Russia discovering the secrets of the Firebird, their relationship reignites. No, there isn't. Though this is not quite as good as my favourite Susanna Kearsley - The Winter Sea - it is still a lovely read. This is basically a continuation of The Winter Sea featuring Anna, the daughter of the hero and heroine from that book. It is also related to The Shadowy Horses. As in most of Susanna Kearsley's books, The Firebird is set in dual timelines.
And it also involves two romances, in the contemporary timeline between Rob and Nicola, and in the historical timeline with Anna. My two main criticisms of The Firebird are the slow pacing, and the rather unbelievable career choice of the hero. Being a policeman in a small, coastal village is simply too implausible when he has an incredible psychic gift and the ability to solve the riddles of history.
Nevertheless, Ms Kearsley is one of those rare and talented authors who writes so well that even such gaping holes as this can be overlooked. The quiet, subtle romance combined with an engaging plot, well-researched historical details and descriptions and her beautiful flow of words are more than enough. Steam: 1. View all 72 comments. Shelves: mystery , science-fiction-fantasy , historical-fiction , romance , classics-and-literature , favorites. It does stand to mention that although this book continues with characters from earlier works, The Winter Sea and The Shadowy Horses The Firebird can easily be read as a stand alone.
You don't necessarily need to read them in any order. I couldnt put this down. Love, love, love. Everything I anticipated. GR recommended similar books and Kearsley It does stand to mention that although this book continues with characters from earlier works, The Winter Sea and The Shadowy Horses The Firebird can easily be read as a stand alone. And you Canadian authors? Get on with your bad self. I think they come out of the womb with a cap and gown and best seller already written in their hand.
This is historical fiction at it's best. A tissue or five. Kearsley grabs your attention and shows, not tells, her story. This is why she remains one of my favorite authors. One of my first pet peeves in historical fiction is being told a biblical genealogical portion, For example: From period dress of colorful, purple-red, tightly-woven, fine-fitted for fall, brushed gabardine and heralding its merits of sturdiness or lack of once washed vigorously and hung to dry by the maid who is 22, blond, busty and also very much 9 months pregnant by some unfaithful, lazy sot with an even lazier eye and unfortunate overbite Its like watching paint dry.
Susanna Kearsley expertly avoids this trap. She keeps you engaged and balances her stories, without the dreaded info dump.
The reader is handed piece meal bits of history that draw the reader along: English history, Russian history, art, and The Jacobite Rising. Who needs sleep and study time when you are testing for legal aspects of medicine? Not me, no sirreee. A few fans claim this book does not have as much rich history to the story as her other works, but I disagree. Out of the two storylines, present and past, the focus is that witnessing or living the history itself was a catalyst for the characters. You need interesting, real, engaging characters to do this, you need character development and interaction.
The Firebird carries on dual story lines: the historical storyline involves a young woman named Anna, separated from her family due to their political entanglements. Kearsley never flat out stated WHY an author would write this but if readers look deeper, you will have your answer: If a child's age can determine a time frame for a relationship between her mother and father, and esp.
At least until cloak and dagger, political unrest is no longer life-threatening.
In plain words, yes I'd send my child away for a time - it would completely rip my heart out, but I'd make the same choice. She is surrounded over the years by caring family adopted or otherwise , friendships, and yes, a young man or two. Along the way, Anna also experiences in as many forms trust, heartache, faith, and hope that comes with love. Rob is grown now, handsome, charming, and altruistic in his talents.
He has been open about his mind reading abilities. This to the betterment of his job as a policeman, a rescue volunteer, and also to those living in his quiet village. When approached by Nicola, a woman from his past with similar abilities, he jumps right in to help her solve her mystery. A mystery involving provenance of a historical artifact linking to the past, to Anna thus the crossing of story lines.
It was clear that Rob was also driven by his and Nicola's mutual attraction, and growing relationship. Although, growing in which direction? As Nicola complains, why does he have to be such a gentleman?! This tension ramps up with each turn and twist of the story although, I do wish there was more love story and romance elements throughout the story and not put off until the end of the book.
Anyway, back to Rob And an intelligent, gorgeous, patient but broody Scot is definitely swoony in my book. Add a Scots brogue and Nicola is lost You'll have to read it to find out. I highly recommend this for readers who enjoy historical fiction, mystery, romance, and a bit of paranormal. I'd also recommend her other works, if you are so inclined. Saw the cover art revealed on Susanna Kearsley's FB page. So very, very lovely. Now that we have a story synopsis, I'm already in love with this book. She's combining characters from Shadowy Horses and Winter Sea.
I'm going to take the lazy way out and bypass that and just talk about the reading experience. Fans of Kearsley are familiar with her dual time storylines, and the paranormal elements she incorporates to take the contemporary characters into the past. From reading reviews from fellow friends and readers, it's pretty clear that the ESP element isn't going to work for everyone, so if you can't buy into it, this may not be the book for you.
If you can accept it and go with it as I did , this is a great story with plenty of twists and turns. I'd also caution that the heroine in the past is a young girl for a good part of the first of the book, and once she's in St. Petersburg there's not much freedom for young ladies to come and go, so the action might be a bit slow for some readers. Kearsley is great at setting a scene and making you feel like you're there. Loved the St. Petersburg setting, and the way she incorporated so many real historical characters into her story.
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I was surprised at the active Jacobite community in St. Petersburg, a new to me factoid. All in all a very rewarding read for me, with plenty of twists and turns and jaw-dropping surprises at the end I did not see that coming! My copy obtained via library loan. View all 17 comments. So many feely feels. The Firebird is one of my favorite books of all time. This was the first book of Ms. Kearsley's that I inhaled before going on a binge of all her books a couple of years ago. Whereas every single one of her books are fantastic and I recommend them all, this one in particular has a very special place in my heart.
Perhaps it is the emotion of Anna's journey to finding herself, or Nicola's journey to embracing herself.
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Either way, it resonated with me and officially has a place of honor on my bookshelf and in my heart. Nicola Marter is an art collector who lives and works in London. Seriously how many times have I wanted to be able to do that? Too many to count, for sure. However, through many negative experiences in her past, she hides her ability and does not allow others to know what she can do.
The story starts with her meeting a woman with whom she has a connection with, and a mysterious firebird carving that leads her on a journey from Scotland to Russia to find out it's past. This is a dual-storyline type of novel. We get Nicola's story, and through her journey to find out the firebird's past we meet Anna Moray. Anna's story is my favorite part of this novel, and the part that the author spends the most time exploring. We get to see Anna grow up from a young child of eight to a young woman of eighteen.
Her character is fantastic. She has flaws, no doubt about it, but her personality is real and her struggles are heartfelt, to the point where her struggles were becoming my own because I was so invested in her emotions. However, if you don't like slow burn, this book may be a struggle for you. However, the results are so worth it.
Nicola's romance was nice, but Anna's romance I'll read anything if it has the two of them in it. I have been in love with it from the first time I read it, and don't ever see that love diminishing in the future. Nov 16, TL rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites. This one was not as good as the Winter Sea Not comparing the books. The woman This one was not as good as the Winter Sea Not comparing the books. The woman she became is impressive and her parents would be very proud of her. Rob and Nicola, I loved watching them together.
When we meet her, she is still resisting her gifts and wanting to have a "normal life" when the Firebird comes in her workplace and sends her on a journey to prove its provenance, with Rob coming with her. Nicola learns more about herself along the way, with Rob's gentle guidance. His patience with her, what a good guy. And when she does, I was very proud of her, that's all I will say :. The historical timeline follows what The Winter Sea started, I would advise not reading them too far apart so your memory is fresh.