The Fairies and the Elves by June Olsson
The Fairies and the Elves single download – from the Fast Dragon CD
2 Versions included: one with and one without opening narration plus PDF of dance suggestions, counts and other information.
The Fairies and the Elves – dance ideas:
Lots of choreography possibilities. Members of different level dance classes, soloists and boys class can all perform in a single piece.
The 7 minute piece has an opening section (with or without an opening narration), a closing, and 5 sections with music transitions between each section.
Groups can dance together or as individual classes. Dancers can move off to watch, and later join in during the transition sections. Groups can include fairies & elves in groups and/or solo dancers can enter and perform and move off or watch onstage.
There is a fanfare about midway, perfect to announce special dancers or soloists.
The last section might be good for boys – as scary trolls or giant or funny lumbering big elves.
Below are some suggestions.
|Section||Counts||Approx Time elapsed||Instruments||Possible Characters||Other Ideas|
||Loose counts||0:47||Lighting effects on stage or in dark|
|884||0:47 – 0:56||Little Fairies wake up and peek out||Fairies come out of hiding – tempo accelerates|
|:56 – 1:23
1:23 – 1:41
1:41 – 2:00
1:57 – 2:00
|Main melody – trumpet fill in
Small bells added in
Long note for 8 counts
|Little fairies dance||Can be very young dancers, or with slightly older ones helping them|
|Transition||88-88||2:00 – 2:15||Falling bells transition
|Little ones have a seat and watch. older fairies can enter and help them to places to sit.. or off stage|
|Section 2 – Reed melody
|2:15 – 2:28 2:28 – 2:44||English Horn melody Bell Counter melody added||Older Fairies||Older fairies dance|
|Transition||884 884||2:44 – 3:00||Falling Bells||Fairies anticipate more arrivals|
Section with drums
|3:00 – 3:15
3:15 – 3:21
3:21 – 3:35
3:35 – 3:49
3:49 – 4:03
4:03 – 4:16
4:16 – 4:23
English Horn Melody
Trumpets (new melody)
|Fairies dance Elves enter (dwarfs) Elves march in All dance together||Fairies make ready to welcome
1st set of elves – maybe dwarves enter 2nd set march in…
All dance together
|Transition||8884||4:23 – 4:35||Falling Bells||Anticipate new arrivals|
|Trumpet Fanfare||4448||4:35 – 4:44||Trumpets||Royal Elves||Enter regally & watch dancing|
|4:44 – 4:58
4:58 – 5:12
5:12 – 5:27
|English Horn Melody
Trumpet & English Horn
|Fairies and Elves Dance||Fairies and elves dance together|
|5:27 – 5:37
5:37 – 5:44
|Royal Elves Leave An Ominous feeling. Fairies protect little ones….|
|88||5:44 – 5:51||Low Vocals – in 2’s||Scary Trolls or Giants enter||Stomping or heavy footed|
Section 5 ending to transition – to beginning of goodbyes
|5:51 – 6:06
6:06 – 6:09
6:09 – 6:23
Rising trumpet scale with Ah’s
|Trolls Dance or scare the others
|This can be funny – or fairies running and hiding from troll.
They all gather together and chase off the scary troll
|Recap Section 1
|6:23 – 6:37
|The fairies & Elves all dance in celebration|
|Good Bye||8888 8
|Trumpets||Some dance off stage waving goodbye…|
|Transition||888 4||6:54 – 7:06||Falling bells||Young fairies gather the little ones|
|Ending||No count||7:06 – 7:21||Little Fairies||They go hide under the leaves and fall asleep.|
Section 1: (Fairies come out from hiding) Bell melody, (more fairies come out ?) Bells with counter melody, Bells with high strings.
Section 2: (Fairies – group 2 entrance – different look) Melody 2 – reeds, melody & counter melody
Section 3: (Fairies – possible group 3) Xylophone, (Entrance of the Elves – some fairies dance with elves) clarinet, Repeat octave higher, (more elves?) 2nd melody, Repeat with high strings
Section 4: (More elves/ tall fairies or groups join together) Clarinet with trumpets, Clarinet counter melody, High counter melody
Section 5: (Scary elves or Trolls) Trumpets and Ah’s, climb to finale (Scary elves leave)
Ending: Faires and elves dance again, elves & some fairies wave goodbye, the rest of the fairies go back to hiding and go to sleep.
Time was, when winter came upon the Land,
that in the Forests and the Wildflower Meadows
There was a gathering of the Fairies and the Elves.
And when all was calm on the night of the Winter Solstice,
They would peek out from behind the Flowers and the Trees,
And wildly celebrate on that last night before they snuggled in
For a cold winter.
And even now, If you close your eyes,
And take aride on the wind of your imagination,
You will see them Dance!