Created in the Renaissance Period (1500’s) in Italy Main Characteristics: • Structured positions and steps • Different styles of ballet exist • Ballets tell stories • Classical music • Negative aspects: eating disorders, competitive, low pay
Marius Petipa • Worked closely with the composer Tchaikovsky • Created ballets such as Swan Lake and the Nutcracker • Originally was a principal (top) dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet
George Balanchine • His style is regarded as neo- classical • Unlike Petipa, Balanchine de- emphasized plots • Choreography: quick jumps, lots of turns, and lots of changing arms • Copyrighted ballets
“The dancer of the future will be one whole body and soul grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the human body. The dancer will not belong to any nation but to all humanity.” –Isadora Duncan
Paul Taylor (1930- present) • Duet (1957) • Esplanade (1975) Walking, running, jumping, falling
TRADITIONAL BALLET MODERN BALLET Structure: Less Structured • Pointed Feet • Life-like •Accurate Arms Movements •Strong Back • No Rules •Delicate Movements • Back Contraction
Contemporary Dance emerged from combining Classical ballet with Jazz/Lyrical, with influences from many other cultures like African. Main Characteristics • Tricks • Emotion • Facial Expressions • Music Anything created after the 1970’s was considered contemporary.
Choreographers • Mia Michaels • Travis Wall • Victor Smalley • Sonya Tayeh • Tokyo
Mia Micheals • 3 Emmy Nominations • I Emmy • Most sought our choreographer worldwide.
Modern dance= story-less, no plot. Ballet was created for aesthetic appeal. Modern dance was created for emotional appeal. Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey were concerned with externalizing personal, authentic, personal experience. Ballet costumes are more extravagant and elaborate
Fromballet to modern/contemporary dance, the costumes have become more simple and minimal.
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