What's the point(e) of ballet? | Ming Luke
a baby cursed at birth a fierce battle of and evil. A true love awoken with a kiss. Sleeping beauty is one of the world's favorite folktales. But one of its most famous renditions tells the story without a single word since premiering in eighteen ninety. The sleeping beauty has become one of the most frequently staged ballets in history. So what makes this piece so beloved and what exactly does ballet bring to this or any other story at the heart of ballet are dozens of gestures that dancers painstakingly perfect over. Thousands of hours of practice kiss. Unique set of gestures has been used for centuries each movement rich with meaning and history. But you don't need to study them to understand ballet any more than you need to study music to be moved by a song and just as composers combine notes and phrases to form pieces of music. Choreographers string these gestures together with new movements to form expressive. Combinations working alongside. The orchestra's lives score ballerinas precisely. Perform these combinations to convey narrative emotion and character in the sleeping beauty's opening scene a flurry of techniques depicts the ferry court bestowing gifts on baby Princess Aurora. The fairy of generosity delicately walks on point meaning on the tips of her toes instep with the light plucking of violence. The Ballerina moves in perfect harmony with the music. Even mimicking the violence trill with an elegant beret. The ferry of temperance bestowing the gift of strong will on Aurora is choreographed shooting bolts of electricity from her fingers. She bounds across the stage spinning with Quick Giannis. Before decisively Sh- attain some movements are even more literal than this the evil fairy carrabba's curses the princess with a lethal ex and the BENEVOLENT LILAC. Fairy counters that curse of course the relationship between music and movement isn't always this straightforward while classical ballet gestures often respond to musical elements the degree to which the dancers and Orchestra Align is another choreographic tool some characters and scenes move in sync to create rhythmic clarity while others deliberately diverged from the orchestra dancers and musicians maintain this delicate balance throughout each performance engaging in a live negotiation of speed and rhythm but prior to the performance of ballet's most important relationship is between the choreographer and the music choreographer. Marius PIPPA and composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Worked together on every second of the sleeping beauty. This is particularly noticeable in Princess. Aurora's entrance on her. Sixteenth Birthday. Tchaikovsky's enthusiastic music tumbles forward in fits and starts even cutting short some musical phrases to capture her impatience TEPA choreographs Aurora bouncing back and forth with Potty Shaw French for cat steps as she waits for her party to begin once the celebration starts it's up to the dancers to deliver on the physical spectacle of performing these gestures with grace. Aurora has the hardest part of all. Her famous Rose Adagio as four suitors vie for her hand. Princess performs a dizzying array of balances. All on point she briefly takes each suitors hand but then balances unassisted a breathtaking display of physical strength and skill however it's not just technique it carries meaning but also style and personality like an actor delivering their lines. Ballerinas can their movements to convey a wide range of motion. Aurora can be elegant and restraint throwing her arms in independence from her suitors or she can be coy and flirtatious descending. From on point with grace and knowing confidence the sleeping beauty offers a showcase for so much of what ballet can do. It's graceful spectacle dramatic physical vocabulary and enchanting ordination of music and movement perfectly. Reflect the themes of this fantastical romance but ballet isn't just for epic fairytales. Ballet's can be non narrative emotional journeys experimental deconstruction of four or pure demonstrations of skill. The art form is always experimenting with a centuries old set of rules making it the perfect for stories old and new.