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Sensuality & Nationalism in Romantic Ballet [videorecording]

conceived and written by Claudia Jeschke and Robert Atwood ; based on original research by Claudia Jeschke ; produced by Dancetime Publications
Video; DVD
"... reveals intriguing facets of 19th century ballet that illustrate innovations far beyond our common understanding of this era. This picturesque period of ballet offered a revolutionary focus highlighting the stories and characters of everyday people, inspired by a combination of dynamic influences from 'national dance'. The colorful ballet of this era, bridges the gap from the opulence of Baroque dance, to the broadened aesthetics and virtuosic technique of the Romantic Ballet. This DVD program integrates documentary information with restaged dances, based on documentation provided by 19th century dance literature and iconography. The dances include the signature dance of the famous ballerina, Fanny Elssler and works by the choreographer, Henri Justamant, a French ballet master who left notated scores of more than 100 ballets and divertissements. Restaged dance footage is supplemented by an extraordinary collection of illustrations from the Derra de Moroda Dance Archives of Salzburg, Austria"--Publisher's description
Narrators, Stuart Math, Michele Rafic, Robert Atwood, Carol Teten ; dancers, Rainer Krenstetter, Nadege Hottier, Kerry Shea, Richard Glover, Christine Howard, Matthew Van Buskirk, Carolina Osopova ; Courtesy of The Manhattan Youth Ballet: Julienne Benedetto, Jenna Lauter, Sarah Smith.
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57 min.
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Sensuality and nationalism in romantic ballet
  • Restaged Dances: "Fandango": a re-creation of a Fandango from Christoph Willibald Gluck's ballet, Don Juan ou le Festin de Pierre, originally created in 1761 by Gasparo Angiolini
  • "Vestris Gavotte": restaged from the notated score "Vestris Gavotte", published in Théleur, E. A., Letters on Dancing, London 1831
  • "Cachucha": restaged from the notated score "Cachucha," published in Zorn, Friedrich Albert, Grammatik der Tanzkunst, Leipzig [1887] ; reconstructed by Ann Hutchinson Guest
  • "Pas de l'Abeille": re-creation of the famous "pas de l'abeille" from the ballet, La Péri, composed in 1843 by Théophile Gautier and Jean Coralli
  • "Pas de la Esmeralda": the step material is from the "Pas de la Esmeralda" from the ballet Quasimodo ou la Bohémienne, created in 1859 by Henri Justamant
  • "Tyrolienne": a couple dance from the ballet Quasimodo ou la Bohémienne, created in 1859 by Henri Justamant.
  • Documentary chapters: Understanding 19th Century Ballet
  • 19th Century Ballet Adapts National Dance
  • The Inter-Nationalization of Ballet: Commercializing Dance ; Synthesizing Dance Vocabularies ; Characterization ; National Dances Inspire Theatricality: Presenting 'Couleur Locale'; Female-Male Interactions ; Expressiveness, The Spanish Repertoire
  • New Approaches to Movement: Veils ; Arabesques ; Exploring the Floor
  • Women in Focus
  • Reverences.
[New York] : Dancetime Publications, c2012.
1 videodisc (57 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD; NTSC; widescreen presentation.
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