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  1. Quiggin, at first I wasn't sure what you were referring to by the statement ". . . Older dancers would have more lines and different contours than younger ones. . ." After thinking about it I thought you maybe referring to stretch marks caused by pregnancies and cellulite, neither of which I feel would be a problem, particularly for a fit dancer. I don't think it would result in older dancers being put in the corps. I do not feel stretch marks to be objectionable at all and I doubt that any fit dancer would have much cellulite. If a dancer was concerned about stretch marks they could be co
  2. Helene, I agree with you, “Sleeping Beauty without some form of classical tutu is not the same as nude Sleeping Beauty,” But as I see it both would be ballet. But, then, as I pointed out I am not an expert on ballet. Volcanohunter, I already have stated that protection and support of the body is a reason to wear clothes. My major point is “In a society where people are not thought that there is something wrong with nudity. . . The only reason for wearing a ‘garment’ would be for protection or support or for decoration or the showing of status, although at times the nude body would not nee
  3. My major point is that “In a society where people are not taught that there is something wrong with nudity. . . The only reason for wearing a ‘garment’ would be for protection or support for or for decoration or the showing of status, although at times the nude body would not need decoration. Nudity would not be any more distracting than the wearing of a costume and no one would worry about children seeing nudity and no one would be upset by being seen nude.” When I wrote “nudity in ballet would just be another ‘costume’” I recognize that there are times when certain items (toe-shoes or danc
  4. Here are some videos of ballet dancers with the variation that they use Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHGeeyDqutw (3 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XwwXsNajlk (1 ½ minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7jXTHd0bcE (1 ½ minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKHR7PXKYDc (1 minute) Tom,
  5. Hiplet (pronounced to rhythm with Ballet) as its name suggests is a hybrid of Hip Hop and Ballet. Here is a video (2 minutes long) of three Hiplet dancers dancing in a jeans Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AviVqKGmwe8 And here is a short documentary (9 ½ minutes) about the dance form: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gnc2bxed9Go Tom,
  6. Atm711, I would very much like to read such a sequel as I am particularly interested in Bronia’s choreography, I tried to google Nijinska’s Later Memoirs in hope of finding some information on it, but to no success. Female choreographers are so rare that I would like to find as much information as I can on them. Tom,
  7. According to National Geographic “The earliest fossils of recognizably modern Homo sapiens appear in the fossil record at Omo Kibish in Ethiopia, around 200,000 years ago.” Studies on the DNA of clothing lice indicates that humans first started wearing clothing between 83,000 and 170,000 year ago. So, based on this, modern humans did not wear clothes during at least the first 30,000 years of their existence and possibly for more than the first 117,000 years of their existence. Now, humans are social animals. Banding together givers a great advantage for human survival and for the passing a
  8. In this topic the theme is ballet and the variations are dances that are not ballet but have some connection with ballet or ones that are ballet and have some unusual variation. I’ve read somewhere that the dancers of the Corps de Ballet in Swan Lake who dance at the back are said to get their feet wet. Well here is a video (6 ½ minutes) where they actually do get their feet wet. Also, there are 24 Petit Cygnes dancing together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01E_ri7OJiE Tom,
  9. Volconohunter, thank you for the information. Tom,
  10. I have just finished reading Bronislava Nijinska’s autobiography (her memoirs were translated and edited by Irina Nijinska, her daughter and by Jean Rawlinson) and I found it very interesting. The memoirs start in Warsaw, then within the Russian Empire, with Bronia’s mother Eleonora Nicolaevnna Bereda. It goes on to point out that Eleonora, along with her two sisters (Bronia’s aunts) Theordosia and Stephanie, despite not being of a theatrical family, entered the Wielki theater’s ballet school and became dancers. Eleonora then meet and married Thomas Nijinsky. The memoirs describe, in detai
  11. Thank you Helene for the information. Tom,
  12. Buddy I was able to find a copy of “Creole Giselle” and watched the second act last night. Tom,
  13. Helene, thank you for your information. Does anyone know if a Le Coraire imagined as an American beauty pageant is likely to be produced soon? I would like to get a copy of it. As to this topic I am not sure of the problem with the ballet Bugaku. Yellow face is the changing of the appearance of white actors or dancers to portray Asians. If that is the problem than the solution would be to have Asian dancers or dancers of Asian heritage portraying the characters in the ballet. On the other hand I looked up the definition of Orientalism which is "style, artifacts, or traits considered char
  14. I am interested in the idea of retaining the notated steps (and I assume the music) of classical ballet, in particular Le Corsaire, but putting them in different contexts, which I assume means somewhat different stories. I would like to know more about that and I have written a topic entitled “Re-imagining Le Corsaire” which I feel is along that line. See here: I'm somewhat surprised that no one has commented on that post as I feel people here would have strong positive or negative feelings about the idea. Tom,
  15. Buddy, thank you for posting this link, I enjoyed looking at the photos and it interested me that the photographer is a woman. I also noticed that all of the photos are of women and I think this is because of the costumes female dancers wear. The costumes female dancers wear are more flowing than those of male dancers. In some ballets males do wear skirts (kilts), for example in La Sylphide and sometimes in Le Corsaire. Also, while male dancers in Diana and Acteon (really the story of Selene and Endymion), wear little, what they do wear do move as a small skirt, but generally this is not t
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