"Sigmund" seems to be as elusive as "Alvin Tostig". I've been looking
for a ballet with a character called Sigmund since the question first
came up. I've found nothing.
There is a ballet called "The Red Shoes", based on the Hans Christian
Andersen fairy tale. The main character is a young girl, though.
**Sorry, but I've been into ballet since before the King of England
died (1952) when my ballet lessons ended, and there is NO famous
person in the ballet world, named, Sigmund. There was Prince
Siefried, from Swan Lake, but no Sigmund.
(and there was no "high point" in ballet ~ it's always been popular,
since the 1800's I think.)
The only reference in Google about a Sigmund, is Sigmund Romberg the
composer, but he did not do ballets. (wrote The Student Prince ~ a
musical/light opera) The Desert Song and a few other famous and
popular songs. (such as "deep in my heart")
or this one, who is still alive and who no one's really heard of.
(certainly not famous, nor died of AIDS, as far as I know)
Mr. Sigmund Lillebjerka from Norway (born 1931)
STAGE: The Sea Monster (ballet music)
Bernie MUST have been referring to the famous *Sigmund* Freud)
He wouldn't have used an unusual name like that, without referring to
someone world famous!
Why doesn't someone ask Bernie!!!!??????? (or Elton)
In fact, Bernie should write a book about his lyrics, since so many of
them are elusive!
Who the F*ck is he referring to!!!!!!????
It's driving me mad!!! ;-))
Brenda (the ballerina!:-))
Bernie has already answered the question on EJ.COM.
Taupin on Ballad of the Boy in Red Shoes: "If you listen closely it's not
hard to figure out what it's about. OK, it's about a ballet dancer dying of
Aids, reflecting on when he was youthful and alive (...Back then I was
Sigmund...Hand me my Red Shoes I want to dance...") Get the picture? Also I
wanted to make as harsh a condemnation as I could of the Reagan White House
for initially ignoring the existence of this disease and refusing to fund
research. Listen and figure that one out, it's in there OK..."
Neither is Lillebjerka. http://www.lillebjerka.com/
Sigmund Freud? I don't think so.
Nor does Bernie clear up the mystery with his comment on EJ.com.
Maybe "Sigmund" is simply a made-up name ala Alvin Tostig.
There's no one named Sigmund in the cast, but the credits list a bunch
of people as "Dancers." I would tend to agree that Sigmund is a made
up character, perhaps imagined to be one of the Dancers????
Bernie won't explain his lyrics, but there seems to be some references
from or connection to this film. Maybe he saw this film in his
He also composed a song called "The Girl In Red Tights".
> Sorry if this is obvious, but Sigmund was a dancer dying of AIDS.
Sigmund is not a dancer dying of AIDS. "I" is the dying dancer.
just flashed on another, non-ballet character Sigmund theory. Will
report back if I can make any sense out of it.
"Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes" is the best of the rest that fall
between rediscovery and self-homage. Former Madonna collaborator
Patrick Leonard helps John re-create the muscular orchestration of
"Tiny Dancer" to metaphorically suit Taupin's tale of a male ballet
master thinking back on former glories and family frustrations as AIDS
claims his once-agile body. John can't always send his music soaring
the way it used to, but its spirit and ambition have finally come back
We'll probably never know... :-)