Six Swans, 2014
Wood, PVC, Paint, Ink
Tory has created life-sized puppets based on the story of the “Six Swans”. Six princes have been turned into swans by their hateful stepmother. In order to free them, their sister must make six shirts for them and must not speak for six years. One day, a neighboring King is taken by her beauty and marries her, but once she has given birth to their first child, the King’s own wicked mother steals the child and accuses the mute Queen of treachery. Eventually, since she cannot speak in her own defense, the King gives in and the Queen is sentenced to be burned at the stake. On the day of her execution, she finished making the shirts for her brothers. She takes them with her to the stake and just as she is about to be burned, the six years expire and six swans come flying through the air. She throws the shirts over her brothers and they regain their human form. The Queen, now free to speak, defends herself against the accusations. Her mother-in-law is burned at the stake instead of her, everyone lives happily ever after.