Leonide Massine and the 20th Century Ballet

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McFarland, 18 nov. 2014 - 380 páginas
The great Russian choreographer Leonide Massine was the most important figure in modernist ballet in the 1930s, known for works such as Gaite Parisienne and The Three-Cornered Hat. His versatility and scope made his choreography the most representative of the century. Whatever period he portrayed, his style flowed freely and unselfconsciously. His character ballets dealt not with stereotypes but individuals, and his symphonic ballets proved how great music could be employed without demeaning it. Like his mentor Diaghilev, he strove to bring music, painting, and poetry to his ballets. Massine was responsible for the first resolutely abstract ballet and the first true fusions of ballet and modern dance. This work provides a biography of Massine and a detailed analysis of his major ballets, including those for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and American Ballet Theatre. The work integrates biographical study with an examination of Massine's works from an array of perspectives. By examining the music and composers, set design, and literary sources, it places the work in the larger context of the dance, opera, major visual art movements, literature and theater of the period. Analyses of ballets include synopses, scenery and costumes, music, choreography, critical survey and summary. The work concludes with an epilogue summarizing Massine's impact on the development of ballet in the twentieth century, and includes both informal and performance photographs.
 

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July 1895May 1917
6
June 1917June 1920
48
July 1920April 1926
80
June 1927January 1932
108
May 1932July 1936
136
August 1936May 1939
192
June 1939February 1943
232
March 1943October 1954
274
July 1955July 1960
306
The Final Years
328
Epilogue
334
Notes
340
Bibliography
360
Index
366
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The late Leslie Norton was an associate professor in dance at the Hamilton College Theatre and Dance Department and lived in Clinton, New York.

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