2The History of Ballet-The earliest precursors to ballets were lavish entertainments given in the courts of Renaissance Italy.-These were elaborate spectacles, which united painting, poetry, music, and dancing, and took place in large halls that were used also for banquets and balls.A dance performance given in 1489 actually was performed between the courses of a banquet, and the action was closely related to the menu: For instance, the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece preceded the roast lamb. The dancers based their performance on the social dances of the day.
3-The court ballets were further developed in France. -Le Ballet Comique de la Reine (The Queen's Ballet Comedy), the first ballet for which a complete score has survived, was performed in Paris in 1581.It was staged by Balthazar de Beaujoyeux,a violinist and dancing master atthe court of Queen Catherinede Médicis.-It was danced by aristocratic amateursin a hall with the royal family on a daisat one end and spectators in gallerieson three sides. Since much of theaudience saw the ballet from above,the choreography emphasized theelaborate floor patterns created by linesand groups of dancers.Poetry and songs accompaniedthe dances.Entry of Musique
5The French court ballet of the XVIIth century -The French court ballet (ballets de cour) reached its peak during the reign ( ) of Louis XIV, whose title the Sun King was derived from a role he danced in the ballet “Ballet de la Nuit”.In France, Louis Couperin ( ) andLully ( ) were two of the greatest composers of the Baroque period.Louis XIV as ApolloBallet de la Nuit, 1653Lully, Dance des Rêves (Atys)
6Le Ballet de la Nuit, 1653.The Apollo costume was worn by Louis in the final entrée (act) where he portrayed the "rising sun - appropriately coinciding with actual sunrise. The on-stage cast of this all-night production included a young Jean-Baptiste Lully, who would later compose the great tragédies-lyriques of the Académie Royale de Musique (eventually the Paris Opéra);actor and playwright Molière;and dancer Pierre Beauchamps, who would later become the king's dancing master and composer of ballets.-Beauchamps is credited for the early development of the dance notation system that was officially published by Raoul-Auger Feuillet in 1700 as well as for the codification of the five positions of the feet still used in ballet today.Le Roi danse:
8Early Professional Ballet -In 1661 Louis XIV established the “Académie Royale de Danse”,a professional organization for dancing masters.He himself stopped dancing in 1670, and his courtiersfollowed his example.By then the court ballet was already giving way to professionaldancing.-At first all the dancers were men, and men in masksdanced women's roles.-The first female dancers to perform professionally in a theaterproduction appeared (1681) in a ballet calledLe Triomphe de l'Amour (The Triumph of Love).
9-The dance technique of the period, Early dance technique-The dance technique of the period,recorded by the French ballet master Raoul Feuilletin his book Chorégraphie (1700),included many steps and positions recognizable today.-Out of this, a new theatrical form developed:the opéra-ballet, which placed equal emphasison singing and dancing and generally consisted ofa series of dances linked by a common theme.Baroque dance technique:
10Baroque ballet (Baroque period: 1600 - 1730) Early “dance à deux”
14The opéra-ballet -A famous opéra-ballet, by the French composer Jean Philippe Rameau, was Les Indes galantes (The Gallant Indies, 1735), which depicted exotic lands and peoples.Les Indes Gallantes
15Eighteenth-century Ballet (Classical period, 1730 - 1820) -Eighteenth-century dancers were encumberedby masks, wigs or large headdresses, and heeledshoes.-Women wore panniers, hoopskirts drapedat the sides for fullness.Men often wore the tonnelet, a knee-lengthhoopskirt.The French dancer Marie Camargo, however, shortened her skirts and adopted heelless slippers to display her sparkling jumps and beats.Her rival, Marie Sall‚ also broke with custom when she discarded her corset and put on Greek robes to dance in her own ballet, Pygmalion (1734).Baroque Dance: Passacaille from Mozart's "Idomeneo”
16The great composers of the Classical period in France who contributed to ballet music were:Christoph Willibald Ritter von Glück ( )Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (c. 1705–1755) Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville ( )François-André Danican Philidor (1726 – 1795)André Ernest Modeste Grétry (1741 – 1813) Louis Emmanuel Jadin ( )Charles Simon Catel ( ) François Adrien Boieldieu (1775 –1834)Maria Callas.- "J'ai perdu mon Eurydice”
17Ballet outside of France -In London the English choreographer John Weaver eliminated words and triedto convey dramatic action through dance and pantomime.-In Vienna the Austrianchoreographer Franz Hilverdingand his Italian pupil GasparoAngiolini experimented withdramatic themes and gestures.
18-The most famous 18th-century advocate of the dramatic ballet was the Frenchman Jean Georges Noverre, whose Letters on Dancing and Ballets (1760)influenced many choreographers both during and after his lifetime.He advised using movement that was natural and easily understoodand emphasized that all the elements of a ballet shouldwork in harmony to express the ballet's theme.Noverre found an outlet for his ideas in Stuttgart, Germany, where he firstproduced his most famous ballet, Medea and Jason (1763).-Noverre's pupils included the FrenchmanJean Dauberval, whose balletLa fille mal gardée(The Ill-Guarded Girl, 1789)applied Noverre's ideasto a comic theme.
19TOE DANCING-Toe dancing began to develop at the end of the eighteenth century,although the dancers balanced on their toes only for a moment.Blocked toe shoes (pointes) had not yet been invented, anddancers strengthened their light slippers with darning.-The Italian choreographer Carlo Blasis, apupil of Dauberval and Vigan•,recorded the dance technique of the early19th century in hisCode of Terpsichore (1830).He is credited with inventing the attitude,derived from a famous work by the Flemishsculptor Giambologna, a statue of thegod Mercury poised lightly on the toes of the left foot.-Male dancers do not wear pointes. They use with demi-pointes.
20Marie Taglioni, the first ballerina to perform La Sylphide, a ballet danced en pointefor the full length of the work.-The construction of the modern pointe shoe is often attributed to the early 20th Century Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who was one of the most famous and influential dancers of all time. Pavlova had particularly high arched insteps, which left her vulnerable to injury when dancing en pointe.-Dancers now use satin or Canvas pointe shoes with a hard but pliable shank and a box made up of layers of canvas, burlap, paper and glue.
21The Romantic Ballet (Romantic Period:1815-1910) -The ballet La Sylphide, first performed in Paris in 1832,introduced the period of the romantic ballet.-Marie Taglioni danced the part of the Sylphide, who is loved and inadvertentlydestroyed by a mortal man.The choreography, created by her father, Filippo Taglioni, exploitedthe use of toe dancing to emphasize his daughter's lightness and insubstantiality.-La Sylphide inspired many changes in the ballets of the time:in theme, style, technique, and costume.Its successor, Giselle (1841), also contrasted the human and supernatural worlds.In its second act the ghostly spirits called wilis wear the white tutu popularizedin La Sylphide.-Women dominated the Romantic ballet.La Sylphide
23Ballet in RussiaRussia also preserved the integrity of the ballet during the late19th century.A Frenchman, Marius Petipa, became the chief choreographer ofthe Imperial Russian Ballet.He perfected the full-length, evening-long story ballet thatcombined set dances with mimed scenes.His best-known works are The Sleeping Beauty (1890)and Swan Lake (co-choreographed with the Russian Lev Ivanov),both set to commissioned scores by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky.Swan Lake: Sylvie Guillem and Jonathan Cope in Swan Lake:
24Bolshoi Ballet (Zaharkin) Swan LakeSvetlana Zakharova and Roberto BoleSwan Lake Pas de Deux (Svetlana Zakharova & Roberto Bole - Bolshoi)Swan Lake Pas de Deux (Lucia Lacarra)Bolshoi Ballet (Zaharkin)Kirov Ballet
25Twentieth-Century Ballet -With time, Petipa's choreographic method settled into a formula.Fokine called for greater expressiveness and more authenticity in choreography,scenery, and costume.He was able to realize his ideas through the Ballets Russes, a new companyorganized by the Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev.-The Ballets Russes opened in Paris in 1909 and won immediate success.The male dancers, among them the Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, wereparticularly admired because good male dancers had almost disappeared in Paris.The company presented a broad range of works, including Fokine'sone-act ballets with colorful themes from Russian or Asian folklore:The Firebird (1910), Shéhérazade (1910), and Petrushka (1911).The Ballets Russes became synonymous with novelty and excitement,a reputation it maintained throughout its 20 years of existence.-The offshoots of the Ballets Russes revitalized ballet all over the world.Petrushka Kirov BalletBallets Russes:
27Modern Ballet/Dance-In the 1920s and 1930s, modern dance began to be developed in the United Statesand Germany.-The American dancers Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey,the German dancer Mary Wigman, and others broke away from traditional balletto create their own expressive movement styles and to choreograph dancesthat were more closely related to actual human life.-Popular dance forms also enriched the ballet.In 1944 the American choreographer Jerome Robbins created Fancy Free,a ballet based on the jazz-dance style that had developed in musical comedy.-The idea of pure dance also grew in popularity. In the 1930s Massine invented thesymphonic ballet, which aimed to express the musical content of symphonies by the German composers Ludwig Van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms.-Balanchine also began to create plotless ballets in which the primary motivationwas movement to music. His ballet Jewels (1967)is considered the first evening-length ballet of this type.
28Russian Ballet TodayBeginning in 1956, Russian ballet companies such as the Bolshoi and Kirovperformed in the West for the first time.The intense dramatic feeling and technical virtuosity of the Russians made agreat impact.-Russian influence on ballet continues today, through visits from Russiancompanies and because of several Soviet dancers who had defected tothe West:Rudolf Nureyev became artistic director of the Paris Opéra Balletfrom 1983 to 1989;and Mikhail Baryshnikov became director of the American Ballet Theatre,In New York City, from 1980 to1989.Kirov ballet, Swan Lake:(Ballerina: Yulia Makhalina)
29Today’s Ballet Today's ballet repertoire offers great variety. New ballets and reconstructions and restagings of older balletscoexist with new works created by modern-dance choreographersfor ballet companies.Choreographers experiment continually with both new and traditionalforms and styles, and dancers constantly seek to extend their technicaland dramatic range.The frequent tours of ballet companiesallow audiences throughoutthe world to experience the fullspectrum of today's ballet activity.Liaisons Dangereuses
30Sleeping Beauty -1825 La belle au bois dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) Choreography: Pierre Gardel. Music: CarafaOpera, Paris-1829 La belle au bois dormant (The Sleeping Beauty)Choreography: Jean Pierre Aumer. Music: Ferdinand HeroldLibretto: Scribe after PerraultScenery & costumes: Pierre CiceriOpera, Paris, Apr-1833 Sleeping Beauty (La belle au bois dormant)Choreography: Anatole Petit after Aumer. Music: Ferdinand HeroldDrury Lane Theatre, London- January 14, 1890 The Sleeping Beauty premiered in St. Petersburg,Music: Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyChoreography: Marius Petipa
31The ballet The Sleeping Beauty holds a notable place in the history of ballet, not only as a great work in its own right but also as a definingmoment in many lives.* It was the first successful ballet composed by Tchaikovsky.* It was the first ballet that the great impresario Serge Diaghilev ever saw.* Rudolf Nureyev made his debut in the West dancing in The Sleeping Beauty.* Lucia Chase, the founder of American Ballet Theatre made her professionaldebut in The Sleeping Beauty.* The reopening performance of the Royal Opera House, Covent Gardenin 1946, following the end of the second World War, was not an operaperformance but The Sleeping Beauty.* The Sleeping Beauty was the first ballet to launch the Royal Ballet inthe United States.* The Sleeping Beauty was the first ballet seen by a sickly 8 year old child namedAnna Pavlova. After the performance she decided that she wanted to becomea ballet dancer.* The first time George Balanchine appeared on stage was as Cupid,sitting on a gold cage, in The Sleeping Beauty.
32Synopsis of the Ballet Prologue The king anxiously awaits the birth of his only child.At last the infant arrives. The king calls for a grand christeningcelebration to which all the fairies of the kingdom are invitedto bestow their blessings on his daughter, Aurora.As the fairies present their gifts of beauty, grace, generosity, song,and temperament, they are interrupted by the arrival of Carabosse;she is enraged and insulted that the king forgot to invite her to theceremony. Carabosse announces her curse that Aurora will one dayprick her finger and die. Luckily the Lilac Fairy has yet to giveher present. She declares that although Aurora will prick her fingershe will not die. Instead she will fall into a deep sleep fromwhich she will be awoken after a hundred years by the kiss of a prince.Marianela Nuñez dances the Lilac Fairy VariationEntr'acteCarabosse and her entourage prepare the poisoned needle and hideit in a bouquet of flowers for Aurora.
33Act One Zakharova: http://www. youtube. com/watch -It is Aurora's 18th birthday. The palace gardens are decorated and the celebrations begin.-Aurora receives four suitors who honor her with gifts of roses.-During the festivities Aurora clutches Carabosse's flowers, pricks her finger andfaints away.-Carabosse reveals herself in triumph and vanishes.-The Lilac Fairy returns to fulfill her promise.-Aurora is carried inside the palace where she and the court will sleep untilthe arrival of the prince.IntermissionThe Lilac Fairy
34http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNqVhddnbiQ Rudolf Nureyev Act Two-One hundred years later, Prince Florimund is out hunting with some companions.-There in the forest he sees a vision of the most beautiful woman he has everimagined; it is Aurora.Florimund dances with Aurora and falls instantly in love.-When the vision disappears Florimund pleads with the Lilac Fairy to take himto Aurora.-Florimund discovers the overgrown castle, but must first do battle withCarabosse, who would prevent him from entering.-Once inside the castle Florimund finds Aurora and awakens her with a kiss.-Florimund declares his love for Auroraand the king and queen give theirblessing for their marriage.Rudolf Nureyev
35-The palace must be prepared for the wedding. Act Three-The palace must be prepared for the wedding.-The dust of the ages must be cleaned, and a wedding dress must be madefor Aurora.-The Fairies return for the celebration along with the fairy tale characters of theBluebird and Princess Florine, Puss in Boots and the White Cat.Everyone joins in a dance of celebration.-Finally Florimund and Princess Aurora are married and receive the blessingof the Lilac Fairy.