Ballet in Western Culture: A History of Its Origins and Evolution / Edition 1

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Author Carol Lee enlivens the historical presentation of the history of dance with humorous vignettes and anecdotes. Drawing upon her fifteen years experience as a dance history teacher, Lee looks at the ever-shifting currents of historical events in Western Civilization and relates them to the origins and evolution of ballet. From ancient Greek folk expression to 17th Century court dance, through the Renaissance, through England, Denmark, Russia, and into the 20th Century in the United States, Lee guides the reader through the intricate steps of the history of dance. For the dance enthusiast or anyone who enjoys history, theatre, and Western civilization studies.
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Historian, teacher, dancer, and choreography Lee traces the art form from classical theater through the Middle Ages to the present. She notes the contributions of folk and courtly dancing, and the borrowing of national traditions back and forth, as well as of particular schools, teachers, and music. She includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205274390
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/19/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 From Folk Expression to Seventeenth-Century Court Dance
1 Origins of Dance 1
2 Renaissance Spectacle in Italy 24
3 The Ballet de Cour in France 37
Pt. 2 Emergence of Ballet as an Art form: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Century
4 Baroque Ballet 65
5 The Advancement of Professional Ballet 86
6 Growth and Refinement of Classical Ballet 102
7 The Foundations of Romantic Ballet 133
8 The Romantic and Post-Romantic Ballet 164
9 The Evolution of Ballet in Russia 181
10 Imperial Russian Ballet 201
Pt. 3 The Flourishing of Ballet in the Twentieth Century
11 Sergei Diaghilev and the New Dance 226
12 The Ballets Russes from the Pursuit of the Avant-Garde to Neoclassicism 254
13 Ballet in the Twentieth Century 277
14 The Development of Ballet in the United States 312
Chronology 340
Glossary 346
Bibliography 355
Ballets 359
Index 362
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