The Encyclopedia of World Ballet by Mary Ellen Snodgrass

By Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Throughout the centuries, ballet has had a wealthy and ever-evolving position within the humanities. popular choreographers, composers, and performers have contributed to this certain paintings shape, staging enduring works of good looks. major productions by way of significant businesses include thoughts and diversifications, permitting ballet to thrive and enjoyment audiences all around the globe.

In The Encyclopedia of worldwide Ballet, Mary Ellen Snodgrass surveys the emergence of ballet from old Asian versions to the current, offering overviews of rhythmic circulation as a subject matter of paintings, images, and cinema. Entries during this quantity demonstrate the character and function of ballet, detailing specifics approximately leaders in vintage layout and elegance, influential costumers and firms, and developments in method, partnering, version, and liturgical execution.

This reference covers:

  • Choreographers
  • Composers
  • Costumers
  • Dance companies
  • Dancers
  • Productions
  • Set designers
  • Techniques
  • Terminology


Among the significant figures integrated listed here are Alvin Ailey, Afrasiyab Badalbeyli, George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pierre Beauchamp, Sergei Diaghilev, Agnes DeMille, Nacho Duato, Isadora Duncan, Boris Eifman, Mats Ek, Erté, Martha Graham, Inigo Jones, Louis XIV, Amalia Hernández Navarro, Rudolf Nureyev, Marius Petipa, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, and Agrippina Vaganova. This paintings additionally positive aspects dance businesses from the Americas, Australia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam. Productions comprise such common narrative favorites as
Coppélia, The Nutcracker, The napping attractiveness, Scheherazade, Firebird, and Swan Lake.

Featuring a chronology that identifies key occasions and figures, this quantity highlights major advancements in degree displays over the centuries. The Encyclopedia of worldwide Ballet will serve normal readers, dance teachers, and fanatics from heart tuition via collage in addition to specialist coaches and performers, troupe administrators, reporters, and historians of the humanities.

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He received training from Enrico Cecchetti and Nikolai Legat. As a dance designer for the Ballets Russes for the next five years, he introduced formations in nine ballets, beginning with the arm linkage in Apollon Musagète (Apollo and the Muses, 1928), the first jazz ballet, featuring Serge Lifar and Felia Doubrovska. With Lifar’s aid, Balanchine developed a father-son characterization in Le Fils Prodigue (The Prodigal Son, 1929), a scriptural parable of a man’s forgiveness of his wayward boy, played by Lifar.

In the biographical painting The Dance Class (1874), Degas featured a diagonal array of young females before the mirror in a variety of practice poses, an assemblage that celebrates emerging womanhood for its miscellany. Advancing to the stage, Degas painted The Rehearsal (1874) and Before the Ballet (1890), more complex perusals of individuality in girls dressed alike, yet responding differently to preparation for a performance, specifically keeping feet in fifth position even at rest. Similarly lighted, Ballet Dancers on the Stage implies an exploitation of light on performers, who seem unaware of the visual grotesquerie or the plunge of their reputation from artists to bordello fare.

See also The Lady of the Camellias; neoclassical ballet. Source: Morris, Geraldine. Hampshire, UK: Dance Books, 2012. ATTIRE See image in photospread. Ballet wardrobes parallel the gradual development of technique and professional physicality as well as couturier, a merger illustrated by the August 2014 Lincoln Center production of Acis and Galatea by the Mark Morris Dance Company in arboreal costumes by Isaac Mizrahi. At the French court of Catherine de’ Medici, the debut of Le BalletComique de la Reyne (The Comic Ballet of the Queen) on September 24, 1581, influenced the wardrobe choices of Italian dance master Balthasar de Beaujoyeulx, initiator of theatrical dance.

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