OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION
- Intent: To codify an ballet oft-referenced by my characters
- Image Credit: N/A
- Canon: N/A
- Links: Padmé Amidala
- Media Name: The White Queen, Op. 11
- Format: Choreographed Ballet, holorecording, and accompanying music album
- Distribution: Common
- Length: Long - Approximately 2.5 hours
- Description: The White Queen is a ballet originally produced by the Royal Kuati Ballet Corps in the late 830s; the media refers to the ballet itself (still being performed) as well as the holorecording produced during its original run. It was sold as a memento during the tour and made widely available following the close of its original run.
- Author: Emadrine Kotorosky
- Publisher: The Royal Kuati Ballet Corps
- Reception: The White Queen is considered by scholars and theater-goers to be one of the most influential ballets of the post-Plague years; this original recording is considered essential viewing/listening to ballet and classical music aficionados. Those not inclined to enjoy such music or the ballet would likely find it dull to the point of being soporific.
The recording is available in several formats: audio only, audio-visual holorecording, and a deluxe Collector's Edition version which contains both the audio recording, the audio-visual holorecording, and a libretto featuring photographs from the original run. The Collector's Edition was produced in limited quantities and is considered an item of great value when one is found on the market.
The White Queen tells a stylized story of Padmé Amidala, Queen and Senator of Naboo, through music and dance. The ballet is split into four acts, each portraying a period of Amidala's life. Act 1 features Amidala in her adolescence, retelling her rise to power on Naboo through local politics to becoming Princess of Theed and eventually Queen of Naboo. Act 2 recounts the Trade Federation's invasion of Naboo and Amidala's odyssey to seek aid for Naboo and the final battle that liberated her people. Act 3 turns to Amidala's career in the Republic Senate and her secret love affair with Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker against the backdrop of the Clone Wars. Act 4 is rather shorter than the previous three acts and tells of Amidala's death.
The ballet explores, through music and interpretive ballet, themes of public service, perseverance in the face of hardship, failure, and unintended consequences. The ballet earned high praise for its unflinching look at Amidala's contributions, however inadvertent, to the rise of Sheev Palpatine and by extension the Galactic Empire, and challenged the often hagiographic portrayals of Amidala with a more balanced portrayal.
The accompanying music makes extensive use of leitmotifs for characters and is often described as equal parts romantic and tragic. This version, the original run recording, marks Verie Lacroix's first principle role in the Royal Kuati Ballet Corps. The performance earned her glowing reviews and, eventually, the designation of prima ballerina. Playing opposite Lacroix was Yakob Malakob as Anakin Skywalker and Ioahn De Luz as Obi-Wan Kenobi, both of whom were also reviewed highly.
The White Queen was based on recently-unearthed historical data following the Plague Years and tells what was understood to be a highly romanticized and dramatized version of Padmé Amidala's life. It has been said that without the manifest skill of the composer and performers -- had it been published in any other format -- it would have been viewed as tawdry and sensationalist soap opera fare. Instead, it became Emadrine Kotorosky's magnum opus -- perhaps her best-known work but certainly her most commercially successful one. The ballet was a sensation when it debuted at the Royal Kuati Opera House. In addition to being Kotorosky's greatest moneymaker, The White Queen was also the vehicle which elevated Verie Lacroix from a pedestrian corps de ballet dancer and occasional coryphée and soloist to principal dancer. Though Lacroix would go on to perform other roles in the Corps to acclaim, none was quite as iconic as her role as Padmé in The White Queen. The ballet continues to play to sold-out halls and opera houses on its tours, with a series of talented ballerinas taking up the role, including Jenira Seed and Kiriko Sakura.