Chinese Acrobatic Ballet

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The Chinese Acrobatic Ballet has successfully recreated a version of a classic ballet, Swan Lake. They incorporated acrobatic moves and tricks, meanwhile, still using the original music and proper ballet technique. The performance has been a major topic of discussion and debate in the ballet world, concerning its label. Should it be considered ballet? Ballet has seen many transformations and alterations since it has first been recognized as ballet, is this variation a part of the growth or the decline? There are several ways of looking at this debate, which will be discussed in this essay. For an improve valuation …show more content…
Perhaps, it is because what ballet has evolved to become is no longer being called ‘ballet’. The definition of ballet seems to be in questioned due to that, a name ‘contemporary’ or ‘modern’ has been given to the modified versions of ballet. Naming the new techniques gave them the opportunity to pursue and develop their technique, and take the liberty to become their own. The name ‘ballet’ seems to implies the time period as well as the dance technique. Take for example, Baroque paintings. The paintings are much appreciated today and many masterpieces are currently being shown in galleries and museums. However, Baroque paintings are not often created today, if so, they are copies of what had been done before. The paintings are associated with the time period. Paintings created today belong to a different category and have different names. It could be said that the Baroque art style is ‘dead’. One can say the same about ballet. In this case, the Chinese Acrobatics Ballet is not ballet. Independent [a new source] stated in an article about the performing, “here is a company from China, the rising superpower, transforming a much-loved ballet into something entirely its own” (Duchen). It is rather, an art of its own, in its era and its …show more content…
Contemporary has advanced from ballet. It shall remain the root of all contemporary dance forms: therefore, ballet is present in all. Any discoveries make in the contemporary world, the ideas, the inspirations, will have originated come from ballet. Simply having knowledge of ballet will, in some way, has an effect on any new ideas being made. Steps are borrowed and adjusted. Ballet will live on in the ways it has affected the dance world. A like a ripple caused by a stone thrown in water, the stone may no longer be present, but the ripples will continue on as an effect of that stone. Ballet will live through its effects, therefore, never dying The Chinese Acrobatics version of Swan Lakes can be considered another ripple of ballet taken in a different direction; implies that the Chinese Acrobatics Swan Lake is to be considered

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