Reveals the conception, intent and underlying meaning of ballets and recreate the historical reality in which they emerged. The reader will find new and unexpected aspects of ballet, its history and its aesthetics, the evolution of plot and narrative, new insights into the reality of training, the choice of costume and the transformation of an old art in a modern world.
Sets the creation of specific dances in socio-political and cultural contexts and shows that choreographers have created representations of women that are shaped by - and that in part shape - society's continuing debates about sexuality and female identity. Also in print: GV199.4 .B35 1998
Illustrates the importance of the romantic ballet within the broad context of western theatrical dancing from a wide variety of perspectives including social history,feminism, psychoanalysis and musicology. Also in print: GV1643 .R48 1997
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