"From Petipa to Balanchine" addresses an important, though vastly understudied aspect of Russian modernism--the importance of the art of the past. The work more specifically discusses the development of a classical revival in Russian ballet (1880 to the middle of the 20th century) and its relation to the early 20th-century re-evaluation of "classicism" in Russian art and letters. The work provides a cultural context for the developments and innovations in Russian dance in this period, and especially in the choreography of George Balanchine.
Soviet historians are largely unfamiliar with Balanchine's work while Western dance historians fail to understand its cultural context. Tim Scholl's book fills a void that has long existed in studies of both Russian modernism and Russian ballet. His work also marks the first attempt to discuss 19th and 20th-century Russian ballet traditions as one continuous tradition.
Scholl focuses on the major works of the period, the landmark ballets that influenced the course of Russian ballet history. The book also addresses contemporaneous movements in Russian poetry and visual arts (especially architecture) which are relevant to the development of ballet modernism.
This work offers a new and potentially controversial view of the history of the period as it questions the lasting value of the choreography created for the celebrated Ballets Russes. It suggests that a return to the classical dance academy provided the only viable solution to the many difficulties faced by 20th-century choreographers.
Scholl has studied in depth the area of Russian dance, specifically, the late 19th and 20th century. Drawing upon Russian language materials, Scholl places the works of Petipa and Balanchine--"Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Apollo" and "Jewels" among them--in their proper cultural and artistic contexts.
." . . the most trustworthy and readable work to emerge on the sources and progeny of St. Petersburg's ballet. Sure to cause controversy among Diaghilev worshippers, Scholl's book asks questions that dance scholars need answered and provides the wide-ranging research and thoughtful synthesis to answer those questions."
-Don Daniels, "Ballet Review
"Tim Scholl approaches his subject from a fresh point of view that will surely excite enthusiastic approval in some readers and violent disapproval in others ... Perhaps, in addition to its great value for setting Russian ballet in this thoroughly researched, historical context, Scholl's book is important for stirring up questions that need to be pondered. Dance can use such constructive provocation."
"In this reevaluation of Russian classical ballet, Russian literature scholar Scholl examines the Russian ballet's classical revival in the first decades of this century, using the notion of retrospectivism.' Rather than a comprehensive history "From Petipa to Balanchine looks at several landmark works of Petipa ("Sleeping Beauty) and George Balanchine ("Apollo and "Jewels)."
-"The Drama Review, Winter 1995
"A definite yes."
-"Dance Teacher Now
|Russian Ballet in the Late Nineteenth Century||p. 1|
|Sleeping Beauty: Ballet-FéErie as Gesamtkunstwerk||p. 21|
|Ballet Ruse: The Dying Swan||p. 46|
|Crisis in the Academy: The Death of the Maiden||p. 68|
|Two Apollos||p. 79|
|Bodies and Buildings||p. 105|
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Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 6th January 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.05 x 16.26
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1