Follow Up Discussion

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For this weeks discussion, I decided to talk about dance. According to Martin (2018), dance may be defined as moving bodies shaping space. He also mentions that dance is rhythmic, unfolding in time, and thus has a common ground with music (Martin, 2018). There are several different type of dance forms that have emerged throughout the years. The movement I chose to discuss is the Ballet dance movement. The origins of ballet usually are traced to the early seventeenth century, when dancers performed interludes between scenes of an opera —eventually ballet was performed independently (Matin, 2018). It is said that classical ballet originated in Renaissance Italy. Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures (Oxford, 2020). It is often characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements with the use of pointe shoes (Oxford, 2020). Ballets generally have a pretext, a narrative line or story around which the ballet is built (Martin, 2018). It is our own perception of the movements that allows us to understand the story within the ballet performance.

The dance piece I chose to examine is Swan LakeSwan Lake was composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Leon Ivanov and Marius Petipa. It was first performed in 1891. According to artist, Rudolf Nureyev, he mentioned “At the end of Swan Lake, when she left the stage in her great white tutu, I would have followed her to the end of the world”. He was referencing his ballet partner Margot Fonteyn. Critic Jonathan Reeves mentioned, “when Margot Fonteyn was onstage, you couldn’t tear your eyes away from her” (Foster, 2016). In reading through many critics comments, everyone seemed to absolutely idolize Margot Fonteyn. They believed she made the ballet performance in Swan Lake. Others believed that Swan Lake displays a tentative love blossoming between the swan queen and her prince (Foster, 2016).

Here is a link from YouTube from Swan Lake, Act 4 – Pas de deux:

Tchaikowsky – Swan Lake – Rudolf Nureyev – Margot Fonteyn (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

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