Ballet at La Scala Milan and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

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Ballet at La Scala Milan and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

<p>Discuss and view the magnificent productions of La Scala Milan (visiting Brisbane in November) and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, i including both new interpretations and some recently

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Discuss and view the magnificent productions of La Scala Milan (visiting Brisbane in November) and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, i including both new interpretations and some recently devised ballets. The composers range from Mozart through Delibes, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Minkus to Messager, the choreographers include Rudolf Nureyev, Sir Frederick Ashton, Massimiliano Volpini, and Marius Petipa.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Laura Jacobs, Celestial Bodies: How to Look at Ballet, (Basic Books, 2018)
  • Jennifer Homans, Apollo’s Angels, (Random House, 2010)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction: Ballet at La Scala Milan: W A Mozart ‘The Lovers’ Garden' from La Scala, a newly-devised ballet with choreography by Massimiliano Volpini based on characters from Mozart’s great operas
  • Introduction to the ballet company at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: Léo Delibes ‘Sylvia’ from Covent Garden with choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton – I, a libretto set in classical antiquity – Acts I and II
  • Léo Delibes ‘Sylvia’ from Covent Garden with choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton – Act III; Sergei Rachmaninov ‘Rhapsody’ from Covent Garden, with choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
  • Tchaikovsky Gala at La Scala Milan (excerpts from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker) with choreography by Marius Petipa, Vladimir Bourmeister and Patrice Bart
  • Ludwig Minkus Don Quixote from La Scala Milan with choreography by Rudolf Nureyev – Acts I and II
  • Ludwig Minkus Don Quixote from La Scala Milan with choreography by Rudolf Nureyev – Act III; André Messager ‘Les Deux Pigeons’ from Covent Garden with choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton – Act I
  • André Messager ‘Les Deux Pigeons’ from Covent Garden with choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton – Act II


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the outstanding ballets studied in this course and the varied contexts for which they were created.
  2. Assess the success of the various choreographers, librettists and composers in creating effective dance theatre.
  3. Distinguish the individual stylistic characteristics of each composer and choreographer.
  4. Evaluate the special and distinguishing performance traditions of the two companies studied: La Scala Milan and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.