#2 - Influence of older ballets?
Posted 19 July 2004 - 07:05 PM
Posted 20 July 2004 - 10:39 AM
Posted 20 July 2004 - 10:50 AM
I see Ashton's "Cinderella" as a revolutionary work, revolutionary in its retrograde-ness. Using pointe in the way he does is a statement, too. Under Fokine Rules the costume must suit the character, the time period, the action. Putting Cinderella on pointe was really rather heroic in those days. This is the time of "Adam Zero" and "Miracle in the Gorbals." How do you create art out of the ashes of Europe post-World War II? Do you show what is, or do you show what could be? Two different approaches, each requiring a different kind of ballet, I think.
As I wrote on another post, I think Ashton also used material and ideas from older sources -- the same sources Petipa used for Beauty -- the ballet d'entree of the old court ballets (divertissements one after the other, each a sub-theme of the theme of the whole piece).
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