The Origin and Development of Ballet

Thu Nov 17 23:06:43 CST 2022

Ballet has developed from the banquet dance of Italian nobles in the 13th and 14th centuries to now as an independent dance category, which has experienced five historical periods: early ballet, romantic ballet, classical ballet, modern ballet, and contemporary ballet.

Romantic ballet is the second period in the history of ballet development. Romantic ballet is the prosperous period of French school ballet. Its overall characteristics are noble and elegant, rigorous and standard, light and elegant, romantic feelings, with typical romantic artistic characteristics. The techniques, images and a whole set of related aesthetic ideals of tiptoe dancing became more and more mature in this period. The representative works of the romantic ballet period include "Fairy", "Giselle", "Gerbera", etc.

Classical ballet Classical ballet is the third period in the history of ballet development. With the rise of the Russian school as the background, classical ballet refers to the specific style period after romantic ballet and before modern ballet, also known as the Russian Empire ballet and post romantic ballet. The representative works of this period include Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Dancer and other modern ballet is the fourth period in the history of ballet development, It is the product of the classical ballet innovation movement in the 20th century.

The main characteristics are the combination of ballet and modern dance, breaking the strict norms of the original movements, shapes and techniques of classical ballet, getting rid of the shackles of its traditional structural forms and performance methods, expanding the field of ballet to express life, enriching the means of expressing emotions and shaping images, which is a new development of classical ballet.