Swan Lake Essay

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Molly Tang Wan Xuan Ms. Jocelyn Dance Diploma 1 1 November 2014 Swan Lake What is performing art? In my observe, performing arts are art forms in which artists use their body, voice, or objects to convey artistic expression—as opposed to visual arts , in which artists use paint/canvas or various materials to create physical art object. Performing arts include a variety of disciplines but all are intended to be performed in front of a live audience. I’m a dance student so I realize that dancers have much confident and expression. In ballet, Swan Lake is the most famous ballet dance. The scenario, initially in four acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales. The Russian ballet patriarch Fyodor Lopukhov has called Swan Lake a "national ballet" because of its swans, which he argues originate from Russian lyrically romantic sources, while many of the movements of the corps de ballet originated from Slavonic ring-dances. According to Lopukhov, "both the plot of Swan Lake, the image of the Swan and the very idea of a faithful love are essentially Russian". Swan Lake' was created towards the end of the romantic period, so the culture and style of romanticism was prominent, with glimpses of the beginning of the classical era. Because of this, it contains elements of both eras. Some of the romantic characteristics include the pursuit of the unattainable, romance, fantasy, focus on the female role, gas lighting and simple sets, pointe work, soft and feminine technique for females and the bell tutu. Some of the classical features include the length of the ballet, the classical tutu and more advanced technique for both males and females. ‘Swan Lake' was first performed in 1877 at the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow, by the Imperial Bolshoi Ballet. ‘Swan Lake' was choreographed originally choreographed by Julius Reisinger, and later re-choreographed more successfully by

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