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originally posted by: The angel of light
a reply to: AzothPendragon
Your hypothesis is wrong, since there is nothing of slavery in the birth of ballet is a dance created for the nobility, it has its roots in the Italian courts of the renaissance and it was refined in the Versaille court of Louis XIV.
It was brought from Italy probably under the influence of the great Italian composer Jean-Baptiste Lully born Giovanni Battista Lulli 28 November 1632 – 22 March 1687)
Louis XIV known in History as Le Roi Soleil was the first trully absolute monarch of France, he mark the end of the feudalism and the birth of the Absolutism. This means that the old feuldal nobility was removed from their original lands to live in the majestic court of Versaille.
Noblemen and ladies of course were not people accostume to work in anything so it was a challenge for the king to devise a kind of routine or protocol they can follow in a daily base, that was the reason for which ballet began, the steps were designed to ornate the different ceremonies in the Palace.
This is the reason for which all the steps of ballet are called with French names: retire, passe, releve, battement, grand battement, piroutte, tendu, fouttee , etc etc.
Here a nice French film that by sure will help you to see ballet from an entirely different perspective.
"Le Roi Danse" (The King Is Dancing), directed by Gérard Corbiau (the director of "Farinelli").
The steps of ballet are possibly not easy to be learn and dominate, but each one is created to project a visual image of harmony and beauty from almost any angle that are seeing in the stage.
Nutcracker is a beautiful fairy tale, is a fantasy of childhood, it describes the magic that exist in the early years when the human beings are able to feel oneness with all, with all the universe, this occur before the adult life create the separation feelings with the reality that surround us.
Nutcraker existed long time, possibly centuries, as a popular christmas tale before to be written in Literature in Germany and translated to the language of Dance for the entertainment of the great Imperial theaters and the court of Russia.
Ballet transfer the expectator in to another dimension, it has a powerful hypnotic or trance effect in the public, the bodies that almost dont touch the floor literally make us dream in a world of ingravity, completely oniric. Of course, as any gymnastic discipline it requires technique, if the steps are not done correctly injuries can come, but that also happen in Olympic or rithmic gymnatics.
The Angel of Lightness
originally posted by: AzothPendragon
a reply to: The angel of light
I hate The Nutcracker, and nutcrackers in general. they look creepy. I think the story is pretty creepy too. Why would a little girl want this ugly wooden statue with a big bushy beard to come to life.
“Don’t be afraid, my beard is long, my head is large, my look is grim but that matters not. I won’t bite you. In spite of my big mouth and grim appearance, I look with my heart for your happiness.”