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Dance 36 The paper is due March 5 th ! For the first performance write about: Chose only one dance to talk about from the performance, not the whole show. What I think the content is about and the rest of the paper state why (why is the form). The description of movements is really important. Analyze all of the movements and intricately describe the moves that the dancers created on stage. What specifically in the movement is conveying the content? 1/9/2008 Classical ballet A style of theatrical dance. Started from 1870-1900 (this is the period of classical ballet’s highest peak). It is Western European; classical ballet developed in the courts of Europe. It was an aristocratic dance; aristocrats were very stuck up; they wanted society to know this. Aristocrats: rode horses, did sword fighting, and had a distinguished dance. They had a dance vocabulary (in classical ballet their dance vocabulary was fixed; it took 6-10 years to master this art). Classical ballet choreographers chose moves from a specific dance vocabulary. Louis XIV Ruled from 1650-1715 His court was the most refined dancers. He held performances (very expensive). Versailles was the palace of Louis XIV; people would go there and be overwhelmed by his power. He held these dances so that the aristocrats would be “busy” since they didn’t work. He kept the aristocrats occupied with these activities: royal candle lighter, royal pillow fluffer, etc. He did this so they would not try to bring the king down from kingship. The Aristocrats They were more concerned with qualitative rather than the quantitative. They looked at the beauty, the elegance, and the grace. By 1870 we get athleticism, which is what commoners desired, fused with elegance. They cared about athleticism because it dealt with ideas like “how high, how fast…” Classical ballet It’s about presenting an image of truth and beauty; perfection of the ideal. It’s a rejection of the world we live in. They deny gravity (they dance to reject gravity). The everyday world we live in is flawed. This is how classical ballet denies gravity: Raising of the back Girls on tip toes (it is called Pointe). High jumping Noiseless landing Enhances the sense of lightness. Plato (300 B.C. philosopher) Wrote The Republic (talks about all the evils of the world and the depression). He looked around the world and saw many imperfections and flaws. He believed there was a place called “ the realm of higher forms .” Truth and beauty dwell in this realm of higher forms. Realm of higher forms: what is beautiful now will be beautiful forever; it is a world of absolutes. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. * Classical ballet is trying to depict the realm of higher forms.
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