Romantic Ballet

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The theatre is full of young men and women. The gas lanterns dimly light the room and the silhouette of a figure can be seen in the shadows of the stage. As she emerges, she is like a dream: a tall, elegant body with a form fitting bodice and tutu. She is entrancing on her tiny pointe shoes as she floats across the stage. Love and passion fill the air as she moves in such a way that is almost magical. The Romantic Ballet Period introduced the aspects of theme, costume, and new technique to the dance world and its influences are still seen in contemporary works in ballet. Ballet has been an art form since the late fifteenth century, but society did not truly see the impact of ballet until the nineteenth century. Modern day thinkers …show more content…
An article by Camille Hardy states, “Romanticism had deep roots in the national psyches…of France.” Rooted from Neoclassicism, Romanticism revolted against the rigid forms of classic works (Clark and Crisp). It was essentially a literary movement and influenced almost all movements of art. The romantics sought out for a way to break free from their classical ancestors and achieved a great accomplishment than anyone had ever thought possible. In a span of two decades, ballet was transformed becoming a major theatre art and gaining the acceptance from its viewers (Guest). The Romantic Ballet period was an international movement spreading from Paris to New York (Garafola “Rethinking...”). Although it can be seen throughout many cultures, it remained predominantly in Paris, where it began. The stage was the ballerina’s focal point. The Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique or Paris Opéra first introduced the prospects that Romantic ballet could provide. In fact, it proved to do much better than critics had once thought. Ballet once being subservient to the Opéra was now its own theatre art. Before the Romantic period, dancing and singing were performed together. It was only until the development of the ballet d´action that ballet could be performed separately from opera. After this, ballet became a major entertainment piece to society, which it accomplished with only the help of an orchestra (Guest). Before the turn of the
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