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From Petipa to Balanchine: Classical Revival and the Modernisation of Ballet

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Overview

In this rich interdisciplinary study Tim Scholl provides a provocative and timely re-evaluation of the development of ballet from the 1880s to the middle of the twentieth century. In the light of a thoughtful re-appraisal of dance classicism he locates the roots of modern ballet in the works of Marius Petipa, rather than in the much-celebrated choreographic experiements of Diaghilev's Ballet Russe.
Not only is this the first book to present nineteenth- and twentieth-century ballet as a continuous rather than broken tradition, From Petipa to Balanchine places works such as Sleeping
Beauty
, Les Sylphides, Apollo and Jewells in their proper cultural and artistic context.
The only English-language study to be based on the original Russian soures, this book will be essential reading for all dance scholars. Written in an engaging and elegant style it will also appeal to anyone interested in the history of ballet generally.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is an original and potentially controversial study of the evolution of modern ballet. Scholl (Russian studies, Oberlin Coll.) constructs a convincing argument that the choreography of George Balanchine was a 20th-century response to the innovations of Marius Petipa of 19th-century Russia. He contradicts the prevailing interpretation that modernism's beginnings lie in the work of Mikhail Fokine and Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. Balanchine rejected Diaghilev's formula for synthesizing dance, music, and the visual arts, choosing instead to return to a more basic format. Scholl's thesis is formulated from careful reading of key ballets (e.g., Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty, Apollo, and Jewels). Based on extensive research of dance and the related arts during this period, this book offers intelligent and insightful analyses in sensitive, clearly written prose. Highly recommended for serious dance collections.-Joan Stahl, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415092227
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 180
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Russian ballet in the late nineteenth century 1
2 Sleeping Beauty: Ballet-feerie as Gesamtkunstwerk 21
3 Ballet Ruse: The Dying Swan 46
4 Crisis in the academy: The death of the maiden 68
5 Two Apollos 79
6 Bodies and buildings 105
Appendix 134
Notes 136
Bibliography 155
Index 165
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