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Bruce Madmin

08-01-02, 04:56 PM (GMT)
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"What is Ballet?"
Somebody was looking for a definition of ballet and this is what they found on the American Ballet Theatre web site:

    A theatrical work or entertainment in which a choreographer has expressed his ideas in group and solo dancing to a musical accompaniment with appropriate costumes, scenery and lighting."

I normally think of the ABT Ballet Dictionary as most useful, but this seems a very poor definition that can apply to more or less any dance anywhere.

There are probably some proper definitions around, and pointers/URL's would be nice, but I think it would also be great for readers to try and define what ballet is. Its not so easy as it might first appear perhaps...

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11-01-02, 04:56 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: What is Ballet?"
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   Looking for info about Cechetti...I found this at :

"Ballet is a modern art, dancing is prehistoric. The history of ballet is but a fragment of the history of dancing. Ballet can be defined today as a theatrical entertainment of group and solo dancing usually to a musical, vocal or percussion accompaniment, with costumes, scenery, and lighting. CLASSICAL BALLET is movement based on the traditional technique from the French ballet of the 17th and 18th centuries, and the Italian school of the 19th century...."

So, one need more than 1 sentence to made a thoroughly description ! ....although this one too is missing the *magic*.

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