History of 20th Century Ballet

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107KDXX exam 3 10 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 68 to 83 hours of self-study Czech winter

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The ballet crisis at the end of the 19th century, the causes for the loss of artistic credit in ballets. The ballet-Feerie as a problematic genre. Impulses from other arts, which helped, in the end, to make ballet a modern theatre genre:

F. Desarte and his analysis of the expressive abilities of the human body. The influence of Delsartism" on the dance artist. Dalcroze and his work in the field of rhythmic and dynamic sensitivity through dance movement. Dalcroze's Eurythmics, and impact on the area of artistic dance. R. Laban, the genius in the field of movement analysis, the inventor of a new manner of movement thought. His experimental presentations and education activity. Kurt Jooss and his ballets. Green Table as an example of new theme possiblities for ballet.

I. Duncan and her influence on dance arts of the period. The appearance in so called non-ballet music. The idea of concert dance and relation to the ballet genre. Michail Fokin, Vaclav Nijinsky - artists of the first season of Les Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev. Fokin's dance poetry in the spirit of Neo-Romance: Les Sylphides, Le Spectre de la Rose, etc. Nijinsky's new movement aesthetic in the Afternoon of a Faun. Collaboration with Stravinsky: Rite of Spring as the future symbol of 20th century ballet. Jeux as the first ballet capitalizing a sports theme. Vaclav Nijinsky as the ideal artist for the 20th century - linked to athletic movement skill with inner acting.

Learning outcomes


To acquire an overview and sufficient awareness about the efforts to overcome the so called ballet crisis of the end of the 19th century. To understand the contributions of figures who contributed to the overcoming of that crisis. To know a brief biography about them and the most significant works for the development of ballet as an irreplaceable the of theatre in the chronology.

Prerequisites and other requirements

Knowledge from Survey of the History of Dance and Ballet 1 and 2, Introduction to Dance Theory, video-seminar and history lectures from the 3rd and 4th semesters.


Vrchlický, Jaroslav: Excelsior. Politika Praha 1885

Brodská, Božena: Les Ballets russes. AMU Praha 2001

Brodská, Božena: Dějiny ruského baletu, SPN Praha 1984

Brown, Jean Morrison, ed.: The Vision of Modern Dance. Princeton Book Co.,

Princeton 1979

Siblík, Emanuel: Isadora. Aventinum Praha 1929

Duncanová, Isadora: Můj život. Praha 1932

Jacques-Dalcroze, Emile:: Rhytmus, Musik und Erziehung. Verlag Benno

Schwabe Basel bez data

Nižinská, Romola: Nižinskij. Praha 1940

Tichonova, Nina: Ballets russes. Děvuška v siněm. Art Moskva 1992

Kolektiv: Repertoár Ruského baletu S. Ďagileva (strojopis, knihovna katedry

tance sub TK/390

Fokin, Michail: Je modernismus moderní? In: Taneční listy 4/1966

Fokin, Michail: Memoirs of a Ballet Master. Boston and Toronto 1961

Beaumont, Cyril: Michel Fokin and his Ballets. Reedice Dance Books Londýn


Lifar, Serge: Histoire du Ballet Russe. Nagel Paris 1950

Buckle, Robert: Diaghilev. Paris 1980

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Credit is awarded based on active attitude towards the presented material and completion of one course test.



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