20th century ballet history timelineWhat happened after Diaghilev?
Posted 29 August 2003 - 02:56 AM
The Moderne period(1930-1945)
In which the artistic movements in graphic arts were experimented with in the context of ballet - surrealism, dada, cubism, and others, even including wartime nationalism.
The Expansionist period(1945-1955)
In which ballet, after years of economic and cultural depression and strife, reasserted itself in revivals, new creations, and the formation of great state companies, and the beginnings of large-scale international exchanges among companies.
The Ashton/Balanchine primacy(1955-1980)
A period of great creativity with these two masters at the top of the form, substance, and content of artistic output.
Current Events(1980-the advancing present)
Too soon to tell what's history.
Posted 06 September 2003 - 08:50 AM
Very good stab, Mel. I'd just thought of the 1929-1945 period as a "post-Ballet Russe" period, but I like yours better. I think the Expressionist strain continued -- MacMillan, especially -- but after the war, there was a "neoclassical" revival (I don't think that's a proper use of the term, but it's what's always used, so my objection is moot.)
I'd call the Balanchine-Ashton period the new neoclassical period and date it from the late '40s -- "Symphony in C," "Symphonic Variations" -- and also Lifar's "Suite en blanc" and Lander's "Etudes."
As for now, I'd go for The Electic Period or the Who's In Charge Here? period. It will be interesting if this will turn out to be a transition period, or if, well, this is it.
Posted 06 September 2003 - 09:23 AM
Posted 06 September 2003 - 10:06 AM
Posted 06 September 2003 - 10:39 AM
I split off a post by Funny Face on the Diaghilev Era here
I'd split this thread off from the timeline thread, but neglected to recap -- apologies! We had a timeline from court ballet to the Ballet Russe, and textbooks generally cover that. On this thread, we were getting at what happened after Diaghilev, which isn't well-covered in textbooks -- in ballet.
Posted 06 September 2003 - 11:26 AM
Posted 06 September 2003 - 11:40 AM
When you look at Soviet/Russian ballet, Cliff's question -- is it an era, or is it a choreographer -- raises its head again. Is there a dramballet period? Or is that the Lavrovsky period?
Posted 06 September 2003 - 01:56 PM
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