The Art of Ballet
Ballet inspires something beautiful in the heart, something that remains long after the curtain has closed, ribbons undone and makeup removed, something that make wishing for more and leaves the hearts of people full of joy and life.
Ballet primarily originated in the Italian renaissance period of the 15th century. The term ballet was taken from French and slowly was integrated into English around 1630. It is a typical form of performance dance that developed further in Russia and France.
Ballet is the theatrical presentation of a narrative reliant on graceful, methodical and expressive body movements.A form of dancing performed for theatre audiences, usually enhanced by costumes and makeup. Ballet is one of the world’s most graceful dance styles and like other dance forms, ballet may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music. Ballet dancer’s technique (way of performing) and special skills differ greatly from those of other dancers in the way of ultimate personification of sprezzatura; the studied gracefulness and effortlessness of every movement and expression. On stage dancers apply ballet technique to dances, which are made up of steps selected and linked together by the choreographer.
To complete the theatrical presentation, the dance is accompanied by music and the dancers wear costumes and makeup appropriate to the style of the ballet being performed. Scenery is also used to set a ballet in a certain period and give it atmosphere and authenticity. However, many modern 20th century ballets use no special costumes or scenery. Instead, the dancers wear simple leotards and tights and dance in bare feet or soft slippers. In ballets where there is no story to follow, the audience’s attention is drawn toward the shapes of the dancers, body movements and the music.
Some contemporary choreographers do not even use music
and the dancers are accompanied only by their breathing.