Ballet Timeline -- discussion thread
Posted 27 August 2003 - 11:27 AM
I have the Clarke/Crisp book too, Alexandra (the one with the hideous orange cover, right?). The only other book I have that might be considered any sort of history book is The Simon & Schuster Book of the Ballet, which is really just a catalogue of ballets starting with the Ballet Comique de la Reine. Great descriptions where possible, but doesn't attempt to say anything about the various periods.
I think "Imperial Ballet" is the perfect name for the time of Petipa .
Posted 27 August 2003 - 11:43 AM
I would also imagine, since there has been so much research by early dance history scholars in the past two decades, that what's generally considered the "ballet de cour" period covers an awful lot of territory. I'm sure now it's easier to make distinctions. This may be too much of a generalization, but I think most artistic periods last only for a generation; or, to put it another way, each generation has created its own "movement," some more important or more exciting than others.
Posted 27 August 2003 - 12:30 PM
Posted 27 August 2003 - 12:37 PM
Posted 27 August 2003 - 12:46 PM
I also love that the choreographer, Belgioioso, was appointed not only violinist and choreographer, but also Master of Revels. Great title
I'm really excited about the historical dance class, too; I will be sure to post about it at every opportunity.
Posted 27 August 2003 - 01:03 PM
Posted 28 August 2003 - 08:22 AM
I hope that there will be further questions and discussions. I've moved this thread into Discovering Ballet and would ask that we keep the thread general; all questions and comments welcome. If people would like to discuss a particular period in depth, or get into sub-levels and scholarly detail, I'd ask that it be done in Ballet History or Aesthetic Issues and that this thread remain BASIC. If such topics arise in the course of the discussion, I may split them off and move them into another forum and I hope this will not upset anyone. Thanks!
Cliff and Amy had raised some good questions when this discussion began. Feel free to repeat them if you'd like.
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