Essay Contemporary Ballet

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Contemporary Ballet

Ballet is a formalized kind of performance dance which originated in the Italian Renaissance
Courts of the 15th century and further developed in France, England, and Russia as a concert dance form. One of the genres of ballet is Contemporary. It is defined as a form of dance that is influenced by both classical ballet, modern dance, lyrical, and jazz (Wikipedia). It takes its technique and is used of point work from classical ballet, although it permits a greater range of movement that may not adhere to the strict body lines set forth by schools of ballet techniques.
Many of its concepts come from the ideas and innovations of the 20th century modern dance; including floor work and turn-in and out
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The distinctions that they focus on is that Classical Ballet always have a story line while
Contemporary focuses just on movement. Classical appears symmetrical with both sides of the stage equally balanced. The great classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, etc were choreographed before 1900. They all have a similarity in composition, wardrobe and of course style. The women are always on point. Of course the music is classical. Although choreography can be somewhat adapted, these ballets are performed with most of the same choreography as originally done. The lines blur a little after 1900. Balanchine's work is generally considered "neo-classical". Most choreographers who worked between 1920 and the present day, who still use classical music and who’s female dancers work on point would be considered neo-classical. As an example, Stravinsky used to be considered an avant-garde composer and classical pieces done to his music were considered "modern" or neo-classical. Now of course we think of him as a classical composer. Contemporary ballet is often actually modern dance presented in a concert form. Sometimes ballet dancers will work in soft ballet shoes and do a combination of classical work and modern. Sometimes a choreographer will do classical work to contemporary music and call it a contemporary piece (All Experts). Contemporary Ballet is strictly ballet, but it relates to the movement

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