modern music and classical ballet
Posted 19 January 2003 - 10:54 PM
Posted 20 January 2003 - 12:27 AM
I have heard honkey-tonk piano, night-club piano, hotel-bar piano, and break-dance piano, in classes in companies that Shall Remain Anonymous, but we are not talking Little-Fothingham-on-Plop in X-shire.
Some teachers (Hans Brenaa, are you listening, up there in the sky) would blow up. Others....
Posted 20 January 2003 - 04:43 AM
Posted 20 January 2003 - 06:44 AM
While I would not want to do a whole class with modern or pop or contemporary music, and I do feel it's important for ballet students to hear as many of the classics as possible, I do think it is not a bad idea to mix things up a bit...sometimes! Not all the time. After all, the students who are going to dance professionally may or may not be in a ballet company. Some may do modern dance, Broadway, Rock Video, MTV, whatever. (Not that I would use Rock music in class ;) ) And, in ballet companies today one will dance quite a lot of contemporary works with very modern music. My point is that some variety in classes is good, as long as it is used well and rythmically appropriate for the work.
Posted 20 January 2003 - 09:27 AM
Our other pianist one night during barre started playing 'I just called to say I love you'..I couldn't stop smirking..I think that was a bit too far...it was quite surreal...to be honest I'm not sure if anyone else really noticed....
Posted 20 January 2003 - 11:17 AM
I once watched a class at a professional company where the teacher was using contemporary jazz, and it seemed the specific intent was to break the dancers of their old way of responding to the music, which was melodic. (And totally wrong for that comany, IMO.)
I've also seen classes that used pop music very well. One class by Flemming Ryberg in Copenhagen -- whether it was his choice, or the pianist's I don't know -- had the boys doing beats to "I Feel Pretty." Well, the rhythm was dead right
Posted 20 January 2003 - 02:42 PM
Posted 20 January 2003 - 09:36 PM
Also, "Oops I Did It Again" is rather irritating in ballet class, and if I hear "My Heart Will Go On" during plies one more time, I will wash out my ears with lye.
Posted 20 January 2003 - 09:49 PM
Every generation has their musical cross to bear in class. I stopped before Celine Dion invaded the barre, but what we dealt with was "Memory". Every third adagio. To the point where you wanted to just start howling and mewing as you did a develope'.
Posted 21 January 2003 - 02:02 AM
DOGS AND FITTED CARPET ?
Posted 21 January 2003 - 07:04 AM
Posted 21 January 2003 - 07:25 AM
Though people will freely own that it might be a wee bit - well, whatever - to amble into a restaurant famed for its cooking, pull out one's own bottle of Ketchup, and plop it all over, it has become socially acceptable to plop Ketchup all over classical dancing.
There's a close link between the turn-out in the ballet, and the shapes that generates in the mind's eye,
the way classical music has developed, out of the ancient Greek modes, over the last couple of millennia.
But, some prefer it with Ketchup.
Posted 21 January 2003 - 02:25 PM
Without wishing to be coarse, might that have something to do with dogs, and pavements, or perhaps, still worse DOGS AND FITTED CARPET?
No; it's a Britney Spears song, and it isn't disgusting in that sense, although her singing does tend to make one think of dogs and pavement...
Posted 21 January 2003 - 03:01 PM
Trouble is that in "me old age", whenever I hear the damned thing played on f.ex. "Oldies favorites" on the radio. or if I have a nightmare; there is always that old Chibulka thing spooking in my brain. Is this a common occurence? Has anybody else had similar experiences?
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