A History of Ballet: From Europe to Australia

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A History of Ballet: From Europe to Australia

<p>For ballet lovers who want to learn the history and cultural context of this art form. We analyse performances and choreographic structures, and explore the meaning of movement in different

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For ballet lovers who want to learn the history and cultural context of this art form. We analyse performances and choreographic structures, and explore the meaning of movement in different choreographic repertoires. The course outlines the origins of ballet and the milestones achieved by ballet practitioners throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Europe and Russia and its transmission to Australia.


SUGGESTED READING
Jennifer Homans, Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, 2010, London (Granta).


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The roots of classical ballet: Renaissance Italian dances and fencing
  • French court dances: ballet de cour (15th – 16th c.), comedie-ballet (17th c.), Noverre and the ballet d’action (18th c.), ballet-pantomime (18th century)
  • The influence of Commedia dell’Arte in ballet
  • From the French Court to the Russian court
  • The social role of ballet in Russia at the turn of the nineteenth century
  • Mistress of the tsar: Mathilde Kschessinska
  • Italian ballerinas and Russian ballerinas at the court of Alexander III and Nicholas II
  • Highlight on Petipa’s romantic ballet production
  • Tchaikovsky’s ballet trilogy: Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker
  • The legacy of Petipa’s ballets
  • Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes
  • The reception of the romantic ballet repertoire in Europe
  • The modernist and symphonic ballet repertoire: Michel Fokine and Leonid Massine
  • Neo-primitivist experiments: Vatslav Nijinsky and Leonide Massine
  • De Basil Ballets Russes and the 1936-1940 Australasian tours
  • The legacy of Russian ballet in Australia
  • Helene Kirsova and Raisa Kousnetzova in Sydney
  • Kira Bousloff and the West Australian Ballet
  • The Borovansky Ballet in Melbourne
  • The Australian Ballet


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

  1. Know the history of ballet and the cultural events that characterised its spread throughout Europe, America and Australia in different epochs.
  2. Understand the different ballets styles, choreographic approaches and some basics of ballet technique in a theoretical perspective.