Dance History Class paper
Posted 02 January 2003 - 09:54 PM
Posted 02 January 2003 - 10:03 PM
Posted 02 January 2003 - 11:36 PM
One way to get write about something that interests you would be to ask yourself a question that interests you and then do the research -- it's hard to be interested in something you don't know, but htat's the fun part of research -- all that stuff you find out!!
a question like "what aspects of court ballet are included in a) Sleeping Beauty? B) Agon? C)Swan Lake? D) Apollo? There's really a LOT there.... or what aspects of folk dancing are present in "Swan Lake? Apollo? Sleeping Beauty? there's a lot of THAT there -- for example, Aurora's variation in the wedding pas de deux is a Russian dance set on pointe... and of course , there's always the primitive aspects of the Rite of Spring
Good luck with it; let us know how it turns out.....
Posted 03 January 2003 - 03:58 AM
Posted 03 January 2003 - 11:01 AM
But in a way, the roots of the Russian ballet WERE in the court ballet. That was what every King and Kingdom wanted way back then. So taking a look at what was going on in France, in the court of the De Medicis, will show you where the Russian ballet comes from.
One aspect of pre-18th century ballet that I've found students are interested in are the dancing manuals. They taught etiquette as well as dancing, and it's fun to find out some of the things they covered -- like dancing wasuseful becuase the boy got to see the girl up close, and tell if she was pockmarked (from smallpox), and if it was a quick rhythm, he could tell if she were lame (since they wore such long skirts, that wasn't visible). It's a very different sensibility -- marriage was so important, and you didn't get to know the person you were marrying very well before you married, so these balls were the only way one got to meet members of the opposite sex. If that interests you, the standard is Thoinot Arbeau's "Orchesographie." It's written in the form of a conversation between a young man and his teacher. (It also includes information on the five positions of the feet and the rhythms of the dancing, and it's good to know, because you'll hear some of those rhythms talked about even today -- the courant, the sarabande.)
Posted 06 January 2003 - 03:23 PM
Posted 07 January 2003 - 05:52 PM
Posted 12 January 2003 - 12:56 AM
"DANCE history" - not BALLET history - "BEFORE the 18th century": that means BEFORE the 1700s...
- just trying to make the topic crystal clear for myself! it always helps, with assignments or tests, to write about what you were actually ASKED to write about!
as a teacher (of dance history, amongst other things) i am NOT impressed if a student fails to even recognise what the topic is, and writes about something else!
in this situation, i might recommend researching and writing about:
- 'prehistoric' dance, such as war dances, medicine dances, fertility dances, line dances, round dances
- greek dance, or english morris dance
- early european FOLK dances (NOT the character or court dances that occur in such ballets as swan lake or sleeping beauty - these are altogether another thing)
- sword dances, or May dances, or the history of the hornpipe (but only as far as the time period you have been allocated - don't write one page about pre C18th, and 7 pages coming up to the present !!!)
- the C16th and C17th century dances such as alexandra mentions. thoinot's 'orchesographie' (alexandra's suggestion)would make for a fascinating topic, which might surprise you, if you can find appropriate material.
- in the 17th century, you can also begin to look at flamenco...
please note that i am not an expert, so if you DO any of the above, you should check first, for yourself, that they are appropriate choices.
good references (books):
ballet & modern dance - a concise history
by jack anderson, 1986 - chapters 1 & 2
by peter buckman,
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