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Evolution of Ballet

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Interesting Vid from the Royal Ballet:

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This is great fun -- there are a couple other videos that seem to be from the same program, one on

in an excerpt from Fairy Doll and

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Thanks for posting about these lecture demonstrations. Here is the playlist: https://www.youtube....Y7NtNKDLD8tgQGC

Ballet Evolved -- The First Four Centuries

Introduction

Ballet Evolved - Marie Taglioni 1804-1884

An introduction to ballerina Marie Taglioni, the most famous dancer of the Romantic era.

Ballet Evolved - Anna Pavlova 1881-1931

Discover more about Anna Pavlova, the most famous dancer of her day…

Ballet Evolved - Fanny Elssler 1810-1884

An introduction to ballerina Fanny Elssler, famed during her lifetime for dancing The Cachucca.

Ballet Evolved - Alicia Markova 1910-2004

Watch Royal Ballet dancer Romany Pajdak perform an extract of Ashton's Foyer de Danse - a work created on Alicia Markova in 1934.

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I'll have to view the rest this weekend. Thanks for finding them all!

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More have been recently added to this playlist. I especially enjoyed the one on Auguste Vestris.

The Playlist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auDNcfK0Wcs&list=PLFEuShFvJzBww3lVbFABGB0HbIxNQ2TiA

Ballet Evolved - The first four centuries

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auDNcfK0Wcs

Join former ballet mistress Ursula Hageli at an Insights event as she explores the evolution of ballet steps from the Baroque period to the present day, with a little help from Royal Ballet dancers Melissa Hamilton, Yasmine Naghdi, Romany Pajdak and Claire Calvert.

Ballet Evolved - At the court of Louis XIV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDtpDlCf94g

Join ballet mistress Ursula Hageli as she goes back to the early beginnings of ballet. Were some of the early steps influenced by the sport of fencing in the court of Louis XIV? With Royal Ballet dancers James Hay and Nicol Edmonds.

Ballet Evolved - Auguste Vestris 1760-1842

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh8zsnJJSJA

Join Ursula Hageli as she introduces "le dieu de la danse" - Auguste Vestris. With performance from Royal Ballet dancer Valentino Zucchetti. Piano - Tim Qualtrough.

Ballet Evolved - Carlo Blasis 1797-1878

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZXFPjf7j14

Widely regarded as one of the fathers of modern ballet, watch how Carlo Blasis's writings have inspired the ballet techniques of today. With demonstration from Royal Ballet dancer Marcelino Sambé. Piano - Tim Qualtrough.

Ballet Evolved - Marie Taglioni 1804-1884

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DGp0qUcuuM

An introduction to ballerina Marie Taglioni, the most famous dancer of the Romantic era. Former ballet mistress Ursula Hageli explores her role in the creation of La Sylphide with Royal Ballet dancer Yasmine Naghdi and pianist Paul Stobart.

Ballet Evolved - August Bournonville 1805-1879

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoXJPFqmOKA

Continuing our exploration of the history of ballet, former Principal with The Royal Ballet, Johan Kobborg introduces the style of August Bournonville in rehearsal with Artist Marcelino Sambé. With former ballet mistress Ursula Hageli and pianist Tim Qualtrough.

Ballet Evolved - Fanny Elssler 1810-1884

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F89ijSRwTFg

An introduction to ballerina Fanny Elssler, famed during her lifetime for dancing The Cachucca. With Royal Ballet dancer Romany Pajdak, former ballet mistress Ursula Hageli and pianist Paul Stobart.

Ballet Evolved - Pierina Legnani 1863-1923

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyXq4ChEmc8

Pierina Legnani was reputed to have been the first ballerina to dance 32 fouettes. But as we find out, this wasn't strictly the case. Including demonstration from Royal Ballet dancers Akane Takada and Marianela Núñez. With former ballet mistress Ursula Hageli and ballet historian Giannandrea Poesio.

Ballet Evolved - Anna Pavlova 1881-1931

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDETpNnazmM

Discover more about Anna Pavlova, the most famous dancer of her day with former ballet mistress Ursula Hageli and Royal Ballet dancer Romany Pajdak as Anna Pavlova. Piano - Paul Stobart.

Ballet Evolved - Alicia Markova 1910-2004

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNl4NEEpPjI

Watch Royal Ballet dancer Romany Pajdak perform an extract of Ashton's Foyer de Danse - a work created on Alicia Markova in 1934. Presented by Ursula Hageli with Paul Stobart at the piano.

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Oh, thanks so much for this heads-up -- it's a great series and I'm so glad to hear they're adding to it!

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Yes, thank you! I will give the links to my students. (hopefully they will be able to follow the English)

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These are wonderful--thanks so much! I wish I'd had access to something like this when I was teaching ballet history…..

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These are wonderful--thanks so much! I wish I'd had access to something like this when I was teaching ballet history…..

Oh I know what you mean -- I taught dance history for many years, and managed to accumulate a useful set of videos to illustrate the work, but it's certainly a motley collection!

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These are wonderful--thanks so much! I wish I'd had access to something like this when I was teaching ballet history…..

Oh I know what you mean -- I taught dance history for many years, and managed to accumulate a useful set of videos to illustrate the work, but it's certainly a motley collection!

biggrin.png So is mine…..

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Any good overviews on the changes that George Balanchine made ?

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Are you looking for a book or video?

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Are you looking for a book or video?

Internet video clips, internet descriptions in writing or a book, in that order. I'd like them to be as specific as possible and probably more about technical changes rather than philosophical ones. Thanks !

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Probably the best thing you can look for first off would be the Balanchine Essay series -- chunks of it seem to show up online from time to time, although it's really not supposed to...

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Thanks, sandik. What I might like is something that shows the difference between what went before and what George Balanchine changed it to or some sort of comparison of before and after.

Added: I believe that Peter Boal gives these sort of demonstrations from time to time, which is right in your neighborhood.

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Check out the Suki Schorer book on Balanchine technique.

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That's an excellent suggestion.

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That's an excellent suggestion.

You probably missed my "Added:" but doesn't Peter Boal do this sort of demonstration ?

Thanks, Imspear.

Added: And perhaps simple enough for a person with minimal ballet vocabulary, like myself, to understand.

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Boal did a lecture-demonstration with Francia Russell illustrating some of the differences between early and later Balanchine (that is, differences between their own periods in the company) but I don't know that it's available as a whole online anywhere. I thought you were looking for something comparing Balanchine's neo-classical developments with his classical heritage.

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I thought you were looking for something comparing Balanchine's neo-classical developments with his classical heritage.

I am.

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I find Nancy Goldner's essays on 20 Balanchine ballets useful in placing his work, and how it differed.

Goldner, Nancy. (2008) Balanchine Variations. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

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Sorry, I missed the reply to my comment.

Marcmomus is onto a good source -- both of Goldner's books (Balanchine Variations and More Balanchine Variations) talk about the specificity of the work. The video Essay series I mentioned originally also does some compare/contrast of fundamental material (technique level distinctions).

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The Royal has more sessions scheduled in "Ballet Evolved" in early November, so keep an eye out for further items becoming available.

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