What’s So Great About Ballet?
Have you ever thought “I don’t think I want to go to the ballet…,” but once you do you are absolutely captivated? Professor Tom Kelly may not be a ballet expert, but as a former Chair of the Harvard Music Department, as well as a lecturer at The Julliard School, he knows a thing or two about this global performing art. In this talk, Kelly will make some connections between the terms we might recognize (plié, pirouette, etc.) and the movements of dance. We’ll also discuss where ballet comes from, and how it fits into the history of theater and opera. By highlighting some of the ballet’s most famous examples, such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, he’ll show you what to look for and expect (…when, and if, you go again).
Based on the introduction, our expectations for this were that it would not be ‘what we were looking for’, in that we expected a more simplistic view of ballet. However, we loved the history and background, and of course, the video clips – especially to see, in a short sequence – how the athleticism has evolved, while the artistry has been maintained or elevated by certain dancers and choreographers. And yet, that said, how some of the choreography would even today be considered very modern.