The history of ballet began in Italy during the Renaissance. Here, court ballet was a compilation of the arts: dancing, music, painting and poetry. Social court dances became popular, and powerful Italian families, including the de Medici family, tried to outdo others by having elaborate court dances. Often, the plot of the performance centered on the evening's menu. Catherine de Medici wed King Henry of France and staged balletti, the Italian term for dances.
These dance shows are performed at different celebrations such as, weddings. According to Sporre (2013), “Ballet comprises what can be called “Classical” or formal dance. In 1661, Paris opened a dance academy for the wealthy people to take classes for ballet. Dance went to the stage in 1681, and Individuals would travel to see the dance show. Then in the 19th century the Romantic Movement changed dance as we know it, it influenced art and music.
In 1967, Baryshnikov joined Kirov Ballet with the intention to advance his art and skill. It was during the same year that made his debut dancing the “peasant” in Giselle at Marynsky Theater. He worked closely with great choreographers including Oleg Vinogradov, Igor Tchernichov, Leonid Jakobson, and Konstantic Sergevgev. These choreographers were attracted by Baryshnikov’s great talent, flexibility, and versatility. In 1974, made the great decision of leaving the Soviet Union in search of the promise of freedom and change in the west.
Compare and Contrast Dance at the Court of Louis XIV with Classical Ballet Well, I think that Classical Ballet and Louis XIV court dancing has many things in comparison and in contrast. First of all, Classical Ballet originates from the French courts in the 17th century, under Louis XIV. He is known as the first stylistic ancestor of classical ballet. In the 17th century amateurs danced for King Louis XIV to gain political power and they also just danced for entertainment. Classical ballet is the most formal of the ballet styles and types.
As a result, dancing has not only become a universal art-form, but a universal language.” (Lark, H. 2015). A dancer’s job is to create the physical representation of a composition of music. Dance is to rhythmically move to music and it requires an understanding of technique and space. Dance is predominantly a recreational activity; and generally, everyone can move to music in some way or another. But those people busting a move in the back of your favourite music video are actually paid professionals.
Charles Weidman, 1901-1975, was one of the giants of American modern dance and a pioneer in the development of the art form. Mr. Weidman was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and his artistic interest and abilities were evident from an early age. From the time he attended his first performance of the Denishawn Company, he was determined to become a dancer, and at age 19 he received a scholarship to the Denishawn School. Mr. Weidman soon became a leading Denishawn dancer, and partnered Martha Graham and replaced Ted Shawn in important roles. He performed with the company in vaudeville throughout the United States and in concerts in England and the Orient.
When I first started I was very shy. But as I got used to it a lot changed. I went from only dancing ballet to dancing jazz and tap as well. I loved dressing up for shows and putting make-up on like a grown up. I remember during the shows I would see the older girls doing solo’s and I wanted to be in their shoes, in their ballet shoes.
Burlesque was often used to mock famous and well known classical theatre productions, such as ballet, which is a show seen by the upper class of the time. Burlesque performances where based on opera and ballet pieces but were adapted to be made more like a comic play or a musical play by using quotes from the originals and making them funny, almost taking the mickey out of the upper class. Parts of the history of Burlesque that I want to relate to our choreography is how it has never been taken very seriously and its having fun on stage, showing off and showing something about your personality to the audience. I think to have a successful showcase of
Claude-Michel Schönberg, the playwright of Les Misérables, and Davis Nixon, a Canadian choreographer join forces to create a magical and exciting ballet that is the story of Cleopatra. Cleopatra’s Story Cleopatra was the last reigning queen of Egypt. The Kingdom where she ruled was one of the old subdivisions of Alexander the Greats’ empire. Cleopatra shared the thrown with her brother, Ptolemy XII, whom she married according to custom. In 49 B.C.