Student Project &
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Presentation

Student Project &
Research Symposium

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Presentation

Student Project &
Research Symposium

Performance

Student Project &
Research Symposium

Exhibition

College Center Ballroom
Sleeping Beauty: an Ancient Story Reimagined
Violette Remington
Date:
April 22nd, 2022
Division:
Visual and Performing Arts
Department:
Music
Mentor:
Ulrike Green
Mentor's e-mail:
ugreen@occ.cccd.edu
Author's e-mail:
Vrainrem@gmail.com
Presentation Slides
Abstract:

In 1959, Disney debuted it’s least spoken Princess, Sleeping Beauty. I always wondered if there was more to her than meets the eye. During my research, I discovered a much darker story. I discovered Giambattista Base’s Sun, Moon, and Talia”, the tale of a princess who is raped in her sleep by “Prince Charming, and stuck with him upon waking. Years later, I found it ironic when my abuser nicknamed me “Sleeping Beauty.” In many ways my story paralleled the tale, and I decided to write an adaptation to work through my experience. My songwriting process worked as follows: listening to female artists, studying Basile’s text, experimenting on my guitar, and shaping the finalized lyrics and melody. For my presentation, I will perform my song, Sleeping Beauty, live. I’ve chosen both the guitar and pop music as the musical vehicles to contemporize this age-old theme. I will also present a storybook of my creative process where I explore the title Sleeping Beauty, and the sexualization of women in their sleep. Sleep is a natural bodily function, yet many fairy tales associate a woman’s fate with sexual acts performed on their un-consenting bodies. With modern date rape drugs and hyper sexualization of women in media, this story is particularly relatable. Predatory behavior towards sleeping women can no longer be viewed as a happy ever after because it erases our choices. My lyrical retelling of the story recognizes women throughout time whose choices have been taken away.

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