Balanchine In Modern Dance

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It is thus indisputable that Balanchine’s revolutionary choreography is still revered to this day. In addition, Symons personally recognizes Balanchine as historically, the most influential figure who contributed to modern dance. In a recent questionnaire she wrote of how ‘He transformed dance into unconventional classical lines, turned in (parallel) shapes and revolutionised costume design away from the traditionalism of the classical tutu’ (Symons, 2017). His choreography was considered unorthodox as Balanchine took traditional classical steps and experimented with them in a way that people hadn’t seen before (Kisselgoff, 1983). After failing at many attempts to open a modern classical school, an opportunity to co-fund a strictly regimented and traditional ballet society was offered to him, he gladly accepted and eventually incorporated his neo-classical style into the traditional performances. Soon his work became famous amongst ballet associates around the world (Kisselgoff, 1983). When Balanchine’s choreography is compared to that of typical romantic ballet, there is clearly a difference between the unyielding fundamentals of ballet and the constant changing details in Balanchine’s work. The main element that set Balanchine apart from other contemporary choreographers at the time was his use of music (NYCB, 2002). Balanchine grew up with a composer as a father, when he began devising routines he used music to set the tone of the performance (NYCB, 2002). Balanchine
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