The Strange Arrangement of Dreams


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The Strange Arrangement of Dreams is a piece of fiction, specifically a long short story. This fiction locates itself in the legend of Marie Taglioni, an Italian ballet dancer who was said to keep a plastic ice-cube in her jewel box as a reminder of the time in 1835 when she was forced to dance in the snow for a Russian highwayman. This fiction also draws on a 1940 piece of art made by Joseph Cornell that commemorates the tale, Taglioni’s Jewel Casket, held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The project intercuts fictionalized episodes from life of Taglioni with an imagined account of Cornell’s making of the piece of art. Alternating sections ask questions about the making of art and pursue nuanced connections between the box artist Cornell and the dancer Taglioni.


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