Wk 4 Notes - Week 4 Lecture Notes The Romantic Era Ballets...

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Week 4 Lecture Notes The Romantic Era - Ballets of the Romantic Era Lasted 40 years Centered in France (where things began) Four ballets (all in the 1800s): o “La Sylphide” (1832) – the sylph (fairy- a ethereal person/being) Costume- romantic length tutu (made out of tool—creates illusion); long mesh net fabric with many layers; starts at waist and covers knees, abs, thighs, etc.; on pointe men did not want to see woman as human, so they covered the women with big tool skirts to hide those parts Set in Scotland Ballet blanc- ballet in white All of choreographers were men; women were placed on odd pedestal- not a ethereal human being but as a spiritual beings Created choreographies for ballerinas for women; wearing wings Story is set in Scotland; silts; Ballerinas- stars; the “in-people” Setting, storyline, characters, innovations, techniques Choreographed by Filippo Taglioni Created ballet in France for his daughter Marie Taglioni (#1 star for ballet; small boned; delicate; hidden reserves of strength; musical); wanted to feature daughter Storyline: James (country nobleman) is sitting in chair by fire and napping (engagement weekend) after a party; think he is still dreaming when he sees a sylph; very attracted to her and falls in love with her and when he goes to touch her she disappears through fire place; later appears through window; appears again in the forest; chooses her instead of his fiancé; tricked by a witch in the forest and she foretells the story First mechanical devices were invented during this time (pulley system; attachment is on a hook underneath dancers costumes) Kerosene lamps (no electrical stuff during this time) Stages often burnt down because of it catching on fire Early ballets were like soap operas (“the” exciting thing to do) Tragedy: James chooses the sylph but is tricked by the witch and because the witch casted a spell on the shawl James places on the sylph; the sylph loses her wings and dies; James’ fiancé marries James’ best friend James loses the sylph and loses the bride ALMOST all of these stories are tragedies
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Prima ballerina- female leading ballerina Primier dancur- male leading ballerina o Pas de Quatre” (1845) – setting, innovations, techniques “Dance for four” Females only; only four people; no storyline/tragedy No elaborate set Designed to showcase 4 leading ballerinas at the time (Marie was one of these) Jules Perrot- choreographer
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