What can one really say about analyzing characters in a ballet? Yes, they have some traits of the characters from Hugo’s but nothing in depth. And that is okay.
With this version of Esmeralda we get that she is flirty at least when she dances and is generally kind. She doesn’t have the innocence or superstitious streak that she has in the book but she does seem a bit shy about sleeping with Phoebus, so at least there is virginal quality of Esmeralda’s character is there in this ballet.
She doesn’t seem to fear Frollo as much until his attack on Phoebus. Unlike the book where she fears him very early on. In this ballet she does seem to be uncomfortable with his leering but it doesn’t seem like fear. This is not a big deal as many Esmeraldaa rarely fear Frollo from the onset.
Esmeralda is sweet, kind, flirtatious and tragic in this version. So we have a baseline version of Esmeralda. And for a ballet that is all she really needs to be.Follow thehunchblog