The Romantic Ballet in Paris by Ivor GuestThe Romantic Ballet in Paris by Ivor Guest

The Romantic Ballet in Paris

byIvor Guest

Hardcover | April 4, 2016

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The age of Romanticism in the first half of the nineteenth century was one of the greatest periods in the history of ballet. In a span of two decades ballet became what it had never been before, a major theatre art, gaining new vitality and meaning from the ideas of the Romantic movement which rapidly infiltrated each one of its component parts: scenarios, music, décor, choreography and dance style.The main centre of the Romantic Ballet was the Paris Opéra, and its highpriest was the poet, Théophile Gautier, who wrote the scenarios of Giselle andother ballets. It was he who explained the dual nature of the Romantic Balletso succinctly by contrasting the two rival ballerinas, the spiritual Taglioni and the passionate Elssler, as a Christian dancer and a pagan dancer.These and many other stars of the Romantic ballet, as well as thechoreographers, composers, designers and balletomanes of the time, are brought vividly to life in a colourful panorama of this great age of French ballet, which Ivor Guest has skilfully set against the social andhistorical background of the time.This detailed and definitive study, now completely revised and updated, is based on an exhaustive study of the archives of the Opéra and printed and pictorial sources of the time, and will find a place on the libraryshelves of every serious follower of ballet.
Title:The Romantic Ballet in ParisFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:538 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.31 inShipping dimensions:9.21 × 6.14 × 1.31 inPublished:April 4, 2016Publisher:Dance BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1852731192

ISBN - 13:9781852731199

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The age of Romanticism in the first half of the nineteenth century was one of the greatest periods in the history of ballet. In a span of two decades ballet became what it had never been before, a major theatre art, gaining new vitality and meaning from the ideas of the Romantic movement which rapidly infiltrated each one of its component parts: scenarios, music, décor, choreography and dance style.The main centre of the Romantic Ballet was the Paris Opéra, and its highpriest was the poet, Théophile Gautier, who wrote the scenarios of Giselle andother ballets. It was he who explained the dual nature of the Romantic Balletso succinctly by contrasting the two rival ballerinas, the spiritual Taglioni and the passionate Elssler, as a Christian dancer and a pagan dancer.These and many other stars of the Romantic ballet, as well as thechoreographers, composers, designers and balletomanes of the time, are brought vividly to life in a colourful panorama of this great age of French ballet, which Ivor Guest has skilfully set against the social andhistorical background of the time.This detailed and definitive study, now completely revised and updated, is based on an exhaustive study of the archives of the Opéra and printed and pictorial sources of the time, and will find a place on the libraryshelves of every serious follower of ballet.