Ballet in Russia 2

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107BVR2 ZK 2 2T Czech summer

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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

Presumed completion of Survey of the History of Dance and Ballet and Survey of the History of Ballet in the Czech Republic. Course is linked to Ballet in Russia 1.

Course contents

A presentation of the development of Ballet in Russia continuing the previous lectures. This extensively covers the second half of the 19th century, when the Russian ballet scene experienced exceptional development. In particular this is devoted to Maria Petipa, Lva Ivanova and the composer Peter Illich Tchaikovsky and his collaborators. Another important developmental phase is comprised of the beginning of the 20th century and the activity of artists associated around the Les Ballets Russes ensemble of S. Diaghilev. The lecture devotes attention primarily to the Russian context of their activities, sources, roots and formative phases of development, the reception in Russia. Following the rise of the Soviet Union, the presentation follows the forming of specific education trends created by Agrippina Vaganova. In the choreographic sphese the dramatic ballet is covered which influenced ballet history in Eastern Bloc countries until the end of the 1950s. The newer phase focuses on the pivotal figures such as Jurij Grigorovich.

Recommended or required reading

Fokin, Michail: Memoirs of a Ballet Master, London 1961.

Garafola, Lynn: Diaghilev´s Ballets Russes, New York 1989.

Krasovskaja, Věra: Russkij baletnyj těatr, II, III, Leningerad 1963, 1971-1972.

Lifar, Serge: A History of Russian Ballet, New York 1954.

Brodská, Božena: Dějiny ruského baletu, Praha 1984.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on activity in lectures.



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