Teasing out which parts of certain posts were relevant to the original topic and which to this new one would have been a monumental task, so the original posts are intact in their original place. However, here are some of the comments that will get this discussion running:
Perhaps the fact that most people are born right handed means that they favor that side... . I would have thought that with years of training this preference would be "neutralized"... and dancers would be able to perform equally well in either direction of rotation.
This also raises in my mind another meta issue about choreography. Have any productions of any ballets been performed as the mirror image. Are stagings actually in fact "handed" favoring the dominant right handedness of most people?
Great idea, DefJef!
Have any productions of any ballets been performed as the mirror image.
I did see a performance once, two nights in a row. where the lead dancer did a huge show stopping jump in one direction and the next night did it equally well in the other direction. The rest of the ballet stayed the same both nights.
[Often, corps de ballets are divided into stage left and stage right halves, each mirroring the other.
Yes I understand some mirror symmetries within a ballet, but .. for whatever reason... ballets are not "bilaterally" symmetrical and for whatever reason one finds various "asymmetries".
For example I have noticed at the Met in both ABT and Opera when a boat is part of the libretto it always seems to travel in the same direction from stage right to stage left... if my memory serves me correctly... but my memory is not all that good.
These sorts of directional asymmetries may have no meaning or rationale... or they may be subconscious... who knows. I do know that in classical architecture bilateral symmetry seems to be a very important element.
As for asymmetry in ballet, I'm not sure it's possible to make an existing ballet perfectly symmetrical, and that formula could get boring to watch (and dance) if followed too slavishly. For example, if one immediately had to do every step to the other side, it would hamper the choreographer, and having two of every lead dancer would be a little strange as well. Symmetry in ballet is a beautiful thing, but I think we're fortunate choreographers aren't overly scrupulous about it.
I am not advocating perfect bilateral symmetery. I am just wondering why the hand of a ballet is never reversed (I asume it never is).
And I am wondering is the entire dance uses symmetry? Why spin to the right and not the left for example when a ballerina comes whirling down the center of the stage? Is the direction often what suits the dancer or the dance?