Dance Appreciation Week 4 Notes
Dance Appreciation Week 4 Notes ESS 104
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Joffrey Ballet of Chicago -Started by Robert Joffrey in 1956 -Similar to ABT, but on a smaller scale, in that they present ballets from different historical eras: o classical o romantic o contemporary -First ballet company to present "rock ballets": o Contemporary ballets performed to rock music. The first "rock ballet" was Trinity in 1970 with choreography by Gerald Arpino. Trinity was a reflection on America's youth culture of the late 1960's: the freedom in their dancing, the sexual revolution, and the Vietnam war protests -First ballet company to hire dancers without the stereotypical "ballet body". -opened the door to those without a ballet body Dance Theatre of Harlem o started by Arthur Mitchell, The first African-American hired by any major ballet company o presents classical, romantic, and contemporary ballets but when they present the classics, Arthur Mitchell tries to incorporate the African- American culture into them *Ex. of a ballet was: Jazell-new Orleans in the 20th century Problems Faced by Professional Ballet Dancers Career lifespan Injuries Male dancers stereotyped Touring Competition- with women huge Salaries- don't make much unless you are a professional (you really have to love it!) Other challenges: o long work days o no pay for off-season o no healthcare or retirement benefits Ideal Body for a Ballerina Small head, long neck Long legs and arms Beautifully arched feet Good turnout and flexibility Gelsey Kirkland NYCB ballerina from the late 1970's - early 1980's. Balanchines's last great ballerina Wrote an autobiography entitled, Dancing on My Grave, in which she exposed the negative side of the New York ballet world of the 1970's and 80's o Blamed Balanchine for having an drug addiction, eating disorder-- starved herself to 84lbs o Got fired from her movie position for being so thin o Drug addiction among dancers o Eating disorders among dancers o Stressful to feel the need to go to extreme measures to be a thin dancer Eating Disorders (video) 1 First person: 21 years old, extreme dieting since she was 12 (teacher told her she was fat) a Eliminated fat from her diet and became anorexic b Became nurtured and wasn’t ignored, teachers loved her, got better parts c Let go and started to gain weight-she felt like the worst person d Started cutting herself on arms and legs because of pain and hatred (it was calming) e Would eat more because she couldn’t lose weight- depressed 2 Second person: Joffrey ballet dancer--54 years old-it has taken a toll on her body, the way she starved herself a Severe osteoporosis b Control of weight- had control over people of eating disorders c Lived in a time where Anerexia was a silent threat
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