The Black Gloves
The "Black Gloves" is a story of great romance. The gloves are
full- length black satin opera gloves. They have no power in themselves
but were created as a symbol representing the deep love in this relationship.
The basis of the ballet is from a line from the poem I wrote "My arms
are long. They have been reaching out to you before there was time."
Compact Disc 1
creation of the universe was a very powerful yet peaceful event. It was spent
with deep emotion like a gentle caress, soft to the touch, yet powerful in
Manufacture Of The Black Gloves
With great wisdom a symbol of great love and respect is created. The Heavenly
Tailors sew together a wonderful symbol of deep intimate romance.
(III) The Dance Of The Lonely Hearts
the universe was created, every living thing was given a preview of their
lives. A time line was set, and each of us was given the free will to choose
the life set before us or not. Should we choose the life set before us,
then the destiny of greater love and peace will happen sooner on the time
line. Should we choose not, then it will be passed on down the time line
until fulfilled by someone else. Thus is the "Dance Of The Lonely Hearts."
Four women who have previewed their lives are devastated by the path chosen
for them. The first woman has a deep but momentary relationship as a young
woman and spends the rest of her life trying to relive that moment. The
second woman does not allow herself to ever become vulnerable. The third
woman is married 40 years. She has lived many years unfulfilled and miserable
with deep regrets at the loss of time. So overcome at the seeing her destined
life she looks away and does not see the last few years of her life. The
fourth woman has poor choice in partners, thus living a life of one bad
relationship after another.
(IV) The Hope Of The World
deep compassion the vision of the Black Gloves is presented to the four
"Lonely Hearts" so they may take comfort in knowing a life of
such sorrow will not have been lived in vain. They now understand the desperate
lives they choose will not happen to others at one point in time. Their
lives will be one part in this great love.
(V) Spanish Town
scene takes place in southern Spain. The time is 1842. It is morning and
the town begins to wake. The Vendors are arriving to stock their market
stalls. The Matadors and Picadors are headed to arena to practice. The Gypsies
are selling their wares on the street. A Shopkeeper arrives with a box under
his arm. He places a beautiful pair of satin Black Gloves in his store window.
Neff Muerte and his followers scurry through. He is the ruthless deacon
of the church who intimidates all he encounters with fear and guilt. The
Caretakers of the great rose garden arrive. The grand matron Elvinia is
greeted with honor and respect. She is the third Lonely Heart and is married
to Neff Muerte. All greet the day.
(VI) Elvinia's Fantasy Dance
seen the Black Gloves in the Shopkeepers window Elvinia remembers seeing
them before creation and realizes she is not the one to receive them. She
remembers what they stand for. She fantasizes that a brave Matador places
the Black Gloves upon her hands. As she looks back into the window she realizes
she will participate in who will wear the Black Gloves, but is saddened
it is not her.
(VII) Ramon Travels to Spain
been found at last by his Father Ramon leaves England for Spain in response
to a letter with his Best Friend, his Son, and Daughter. In the letter his
Father states that he needs Ramon's help. The Father fears that his land
will be seized and he will be jailed by the church for witnessing improprieties
by Neff Muerte.
The Assassin's Dance
discovered that Ramon is traveling to aid his father, Neff Muerte and his
Assassis plot to kill Ramon. They laugh with delight about the pleasure
this will give them and anticipate the land they are about to receive. This
is all witnessed by Elvinia and her maid. Elvinia runs quickly away and
sends a messenger to her friend the King of Spain informing him of what
The Assassis Travel
five Assassis travel to carry out their plot.
Assassins encounter Ramon and try to kill him. Ramon's son and Best Friend
are mortally wounded in the attempt. The Assassins escape.
(XI) Dance With Death
Son and Best Friend dying, Raymon grieves. Death comes to take the two souls
away. Death is quirky and Ramon pleads to spare his loved ones, but Death
begins to dance away with their souls. Ramon intervenes, fighting for their
return. So touched by Ramon's love, Death allows Ramon to choose who shall
stay. Some do return, and Death cannot go unpaid. Ramon chooses his Son
and Death dances away with the soul of the Best friend. Ramon gathers up
his family and resumes his journey to the town.
Disc 2 Second Movement
(I) Rose Garden
Constantina and her two Sons are going to the market and decide to take
a short walk through the rose garden. She is troubled by the lack of intimacy
in her life. She is dismayed at the fact that she cannot be her true self
with her husband. She fears her children will notice her sadness and works
to keep this from them. She often wonders for hours at a time what will
become of her soul. Upon entering the garden she is greeted by Edmundo,
a former great matador, and his Gardeners. The Flowers seem to come alive
and she becomes lost in a dream dance with the them. As she leaves the garden
she notices Edmundo working his special magic upon the Flowers.
(II) The Spy
Having received the urgent message from Elvinia, the King has sent a Spy
to investigate the circumstances. He is secretive and jovial man who thinks
of all the good that will come from his work.
arrives at the main gate of the town. He pounds upon the door. The Gatekeeper
opens the door and helps Ramon into the wondrous town. The towns people
begin to gather around Ramon, his children and his murdered best friend.
A Gypsy Woman inspects them. Elvinia calls out to the Shopkeeper to bring
medical supplies for Ramon's injured son. Upon arriving, Ramon tells the
Shopkeeper what happened to him on the way to the town. A call goes out
to the Stretcher Bearers to remove the dead body and take the Son and Daughter
to the Shopkeepers store.
Ramon Sees Constantina
As Ramon nears the shop he notices the beautiful Constantina gazing at the
Black Gloves in the window of the shop. He is immediately impassioned. Constantina's
children become absorbed in the commotion and enter the store with Ramon's
Daughter. Elvinia and the Spy are in the background watching.
(V) He Flirts
strolls over to Constantina and begins a flirtatious dance in front of her.
Some Towns People are in the background watching.
returns with a flirtatious dance .
(VII) The Physical Attraction
It is as if time has become silent for the both of them. The physical attraction
between them is overwhelming. Ramon reaches out his hand and they waltz
through the town.
) The Overbears
cannot dance with him! A lady confronts them with her righteousness. Other
town members join in to admonish Ramon and Constantina for sharing such
Neff Muerte's Guilt
Neff Muerte arrives and seethes with fear and guilt. Being a deacon in the
church he points out his position and power. He would like to have Raymon
would clear his claim to Ramon's fatherŐs land.
(X) The Rescue
Observing, Elvinia steps in and with her whiles and distracts Neff Muerte.
She truly despises him and will not let him ruin what she knows to be the
destiny of the Black Gloves. She is joined by Edmundo and his Gardeners
who are bringing their Flowers to the market. The Towns People are distracted
by the beauty of the magical Flowers and dance off to market with them.
Ramon and Constantina part.
(XI) The Father Imprisoned
Father is imprisoned. He dances to pass the time. He hopes Ramon has received
his letter and will arrive to aid in his rescue. The Guards consider him
an old fool.
The Dance of the Love Emissaries
that they have been forbidden to see each other, Ramon and Constantina send
Love Emissaries to be close when they cannot. Notes of love, Flowers, and
small intimate Gifts are empowered with the magic of such a love. They are
sent as emissaries to caress the heart. The Emissaries come alive and dance.
Elvinia convinces Edmundo to jion her cause and act as go-betweens, delivering
The Dance of the Intellectual
and Edmundo can see this is something very special. They bring Ramon and
Constantina to the rose garden where the young lovers dance together under
the moonlight. They dance the dance of the intellect, which stimulates great
thought, laughter, and tremendous peace of mind with the beautiful Flowers
while Edmundo and Elvinia sit in the corner and observe.
(XIV) The Tender Moment
purchased the Black Gloves from the Shopkeeper, Ramon gives them to Constantina.
They dance the dance of romance with the Flowers and kiss tenderly at the
end. More of the Towns People begin to come into the garden and watch this
great love develop.
at the rose garden escorted by Edmundo, Elvinia, Ramon and Constantina dance
with the Flowers the Dance of the Spiritual. The Flowers begin to include
the Towns People who have filtered in into the garden. The Towns People
begin to realize the great love that Ramon and Constantina have for each
other. They are so overwhelmed by the amount of love that whatever moral
disapproval they had seems inconsequential. The magic of the Flowers begins
to over power them as they witness the event. The Flowers begin to involve
several of the lesser of the Towns People into the dance. The Gypsies, the
Poor, and Physically disabled Person are included into the dance with Ramon
(XVI) Neff Muerte Makes His Move
that he must imprison Ramon, Neff Muerte and his five Assassins surround
the rose garden and confront Ramon, Constantina, Elvinia, Edmundo, and the
Towns People with his official position. Violence is near. Constantina is
surprised to see her husband and realizes he was one of the Assassins.
The Troops Are Coming
Spy leads the KingŐs Troops to fight Neff Muerte and his Assassins. A battle
ensues in which the King's Troops capture the Assassins.
King and his entourage enter the rose garden. The Father, having been freed
from prison is present. The King hands down his sentences of death for Neff
Muerte and his Assassins. The King praises Elvinia for her courage. The
Assassins and Neff Muerte are taken away. The King can also see the great
love Ramon and Constantina have for each other, and at Elvinia's suggestion
he gives his blessing to the young couple. The King leaves.
(XIX) The Dance of Time
few of the Towns People remain to watch Ramon and Constantina dance the
Dance of Time in the rose garden. Elvinia and Edmundo sit and quietly observe.
Time and the Flowers dance together with Ramon and Constantina the final
dance of love.
Towns People are joyful and full of life. They celebrate the moment with
Ramon and Constantina.
The Black Gloves
Rose garden is now empty, save Edmundo and Elvinia. Elvinia is overjoyed
at knowing she has played a great part in the destiny of the Black Gloves.
Edmundo approaches her and out of his jacket he pulls out a pair of Black
Gloves and places them upon Elvinias hands. She begins to weep and cannot
believe she has received the Black Gloves. And so it shall continue. She
holds the Black Gloves up and the curtain falls.