A Queer History of the Ballet

A Queer History of the Ballet

by Peter Stoneley
     
 

There has long been a popular perception of a connection between ballet and homosexuality, a connection that, for strategic reasons, has often been denied by those in the dance world. A Queer History of the Ballet focuses on how, as makers and as audiences, queer men and women have helped to develop many of the texts, images, and legends of ballet. Further, the book… See more details below

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There has long been a popular perception of a connection between ballet and homosexuality, a connection that, for strategic reasons, has often been denied by those in the dance world. A Queer History of the Ballet focuses on how, as makers and as audiences, queer men and women have helped to develop many of the texts, images, and legends of ballet. Further, the book explores the ways in which, from the nineteenth century into the twentieth, ballet has been a means of conjuring homosexuality - of enabling some degree of expression and visibility for people who were otherwise declared illegal and obscene.

This book presents a series of historical case studies, including: the perverse sororities of the Romantic ballet; the fairy in folklore, literature, and ballet; Tchaikovsky and the making of Swan Lake; Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and the emergence of queer modernity; the formation of ballet in America; the queer uses of the prima ballerina; Genet's writings for and about ballet.

Stoneley ends with a consideration of how ballet's queer tradition has been memorialised by such contemporary dance-makers as Neumeier, Bausch, Bourne and Preljocaj. This lively, accessible study will appeal to students, scholars and-general readers with an interest in dance and in queer history.

About the Author:
Peter Stoneley is Professor in the School of English and American Literature at the University of Reading, England

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415972796
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/08/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents


List of illustrations     viii
Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     1
Components: spaces, bodies, movement     5
Nuns and fairies     22
Swans     46
Queer modernity     66
New York and the 'closed shop'     93
The prima and her fans     125
Dance of the sailors     142
Conclusion: Traces     153
Notes     166
References     190
Index     200

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