Danc 101 Week 6 notes
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Lecture Outline – Week Six Text: Chapter Five: Ballet - Classical and Contemporary Ballet Section Video: Ballet Russes, The Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky, The Joffrey Celebrates Nijinsky; Bringing Balanchine Back; Balanchine Classical into Contemporary Ballet Grand (Classical) Pas de Deux – Entrée, Adagio, Variations, Coda Well Known Graduates of the Imperial School (Fokine, Pavlova, Nijinsky, Balanchine) Graduates of the Imperial School whose portraits are no longer hung on the historic walls – why? – Natalia Makarova (b. 1940) Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) o Nureyev and the Joffrey Ballet Mikhail Baryshnikov (b. 1948) Ballet Russes o The bridge between classical and contemporary ballet Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) o No actor, dancer, or character o Type of producer that wants to make a difference in ballet o Took a group of dancers from Russia with him to Paris o Before he died, he wanted to control Nijinsky’s life, therefore Nijinsky was like a trader to him. o Kicked Nijinsky out of the company after Nijinsky got married Michel Fokine (1880-1942) – “Petrouchka” and “Spectre de la Rose” o Went with serge o Choreographer o Petrouchka Set in Russia Nijinsky was the puppet clown o Spectre Nijinsky played the ghost of the rose (lead role) Storyline: Woman comes home from the ball and falls asleep as she smells the rose, then the rose ghost comes in and dances around the room with her in her dreams, therefore she was sleep dancing. o Faune Nijinsky played the half man half goat creature (connection to ancient time – Greece) Fokine’s principles of choreography Vaslav Nijinsky (1889-1950) – “L’Apres-midi d’un Faune” (1912) – “The Afternoon of a Faun” o Half success, half failure o Changed the face of ballet o Star ballet dancer of his time (became a celebrity after 2 weeks) o Very short o Jumps higher than everyone else o Storyline: The faune starts out on a mountain top and observes the nymph (greek women). He flirts with one of the nymphs, but they trick him, and leave behind a scarf. He then takes it back with him, and satisfies his erotic desires with it. Story Lines – Choreographers - Composers – Significance of each ballet Royal Ballet, Ballet Rambert, London Festival Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991) Alicia Markova (1910-2004) Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo o Resurrection a decade later Collaboration with notable artists, composers and designers (Matisse, Picasso, Ravel, etc.) Leonide Massine (1895-1979) George Balanchine (1904-1983) o Gives French name to Russian company (ballet russes) o Choreographer o Came to Monte Carlo as an artistic director, but his choreography had very high standards o Used Russian composers, American composers, loved jazz music o Was a big success in America Contemporary Ballet Ballets Often Plotless with Minimal Costume and Set Design Neo-Classical Style of Ballet Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1995) o Not a dancer, not a choreographer, but a businessman o Blown away by the choreography of George Balanchine and offered him a lot of money to come to the USA to start a ballet company in New York o More of a father-figure to the USA School of American Ballet o Theatre school for the New York city ballet o George Balanchine’s ballet company New York City Ballet o George Balanchine o More original ballets from Balanchine Lincoln Center American Ballet Theatre Joffrey Ballet (Robert Joffrey- 1930-1988), Dance Theatre of Harlem (Arthur Mitchell b. 1934) San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet Balanchine’s Legacy – over 460 dances and full-length ballets o Choreographed for Hollywood, broadway, nyc ballet, Serenade; Apollo; Mozartiana; , Allegro Brillante; Agon; Stars and Stripes; Jewels; Who Cares; Violin Concerto; The Prodigal Son; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux Collaboration with numerous varied composers - Bizet, Verdi, Prokofiev (Prokofieff) , Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin Broadway Work: On Your Toes (1936); The Boys from Syracuse (1938) Barnum and Bailey, Ringling Brothers Circus o Balanchine Choreographed a ballet for elephants in the circus Jerome Robbins (1918-1998) Peter Martins ( b. 1946) o Now the artistic director for the ASB (NYC ballet) to fill Balanchine’s place after he died
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