Losing the mask...What? When? Everyone?
Posted 24 January 2011 - 08:09 PM
What's this bit about ballet and masks? Plumbing the internet, I'm learning that at some point dancers finally succeeded in discarding masks and appearing without them... I didn't realize (or have forgotten) early dancers had to dance wearing masks... All of them or only the main characters? And who succeeded in getting rid of the masks? I see in one source that it was Gaetan Vestris, in another that it was a dancer replacing Vestris when Vestris couldn't get there, and in another place that it was Noverre who finally established this as the norm... and yet there are pictures of Marie Salle dancing without a mask before Marie Antoinette established Noverre at the Opera... It's all rather confusing.
When did they get rid of the required masks, and were the masks required for all dancers?
Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:12 PM
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:59 AM
Now I'm wondering if the masks had a revival sometime after moving into the theater? It is still confusing to me, and now in the new school year I'm up to teaching students dates from the 1800s in ballet, I'm looking at the losing the mask situation again.... I suppose it was a great aid in helping a man dance a woman's role...
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