Ballet after 1945/1

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107BPV1 Z 3 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

This course is arranged among hisotry designed lecture whose aim is a detailed knoweldge of particular developmental phases of European dance arts. The course supplements knowledge acquired in historical survey lectures.

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Prerequisites and co-requisites

Completion of an overview of history lectures in Survey of the History of Dance and Ballet and Survey of the History of Ballet in the Czech Republic.

Course contents

The lecture gradually presents ballet events in individual European countries from the end of the Second World War, focusing on the main centers and figures, typical period tendencies and intenational events.

Ballet events in Germany: Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg as ballet centers; Tatjana Gsovsky, John Cranko, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Pina Bausch, Johann Kresnik and others. Specific features of German dance events. The Tanztheatre as a particular theatre dance form. The main artists, works.

Ballet events in France: Centers of dance events, The Paris Opera, Marseille Ballet. Center of Modern Dance: the creations leading figures Serge Lifar, Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart, Carolyn Carlson; experimental dance scene.

Ballet events in England: Formation of the particulars of the British dance scene; The Royal Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Development of dance training, The Royal Ballet school and its instruction system. The London School of Contemporary Dance and its contribution to spreading the methods of Martha Graham in Europe.

Ballet events in Russia: Form of dramatic ballet and its influence on the concept of ballet in countries of the Eastern Bloc, Comparison of ballet events in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Choreography and Performance figures (Yury Grigorovich, Maja Plisecka), Ensembles (Choreographic miniatures):

Survey of ballet events in other European countries, especially in Poland (Konrad Drzewiecki), Sweden (reconstruction of the ballet of the 18th century Birgit Cullberg and her sons), Hungary, Belgium, The Netherlands.

Recommended or required reading

International Encyclopedia of Dance, I-VI, New York, Oxford 1998.

Bremser, Martha ed.: Fifty Contemporary Choreographers, London 1997.

Jordan, Stephanie: Striding Out: Aspects of Contemporary and New Dance in Britain, London 1992.

Bland, Alexander: The Royal Ballet: The First Fifty Years, London 1981.

Thorpe, Edward: Kenneth MacMillan: The Man and the Ballet, London 1985.

Vaughan, David: Frederick Ashton and His Ballets, London 1977.

White, Joan W. ed.: Twentieth-Century Dance in Britain, London 1985.

Woodcock, Sarah C.: The Sadler´s Wells Royal Ballet, London 1991.

Cranko, John: Über den Tanz, Frankfurt 1974.

Koegler, Horst: Stuttgart Ballett, London 1978.

Maack, Rudolf: Tanz in Hamburg: Von Mary Wigman bis John Neumeier, Hamburg 1975.

Regitz, hartmut ed.: Tanz in Deutschland: Ballett seit 1945, berlin 1984.

Dance in France: Choreographers and Companies, Paris 1988.

Krasovskaja, Věra ed.: Sovětskij baletnyj těatr, 1917-1967, Moskva 1976.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on activity in lectures.


In the 2010/2011 academic year this course is not scheduled.

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