Ballet has existed since the 15th century of the Italian Renaissance. A performance meant for the royals and elaborate celebrations, the art is now embraced by many audiences around the world. The techniques and stories from centuries are still recognized today. You don’t need to be an expert to understand what ballet is, but here are some recommendations for the ballet stories you ought to see.
You may have heard of this title from the movies, but Swan Lake is a famous classic. The story entails a beautiful lady named Odette who was cursed by a sorcerer, she can only appear as a human at night where she falls in love with a prince. The first-ever performance of this ballet was shown in Moscow, Russia, back in 1877. It was composed by the famous Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky where the melodies of this ballet harmonize light and darkness fighting against another. The original story was thought to be from the German story “Der geraubte Schleier,” written by Johann Karl August Musäus.
La Bayadère tells their story in three acts. Set in Royal India, temple dancer Nikiya, is torn between two admirers, Solor and High Brahmin. She loves Dolor, but High Brahmin wants Nikiya to be with him. High Brahmin makes a plan to kill Solor. The story entices how even in death, love continues to prevail. The art style was popular in the 19th Century when a group of dancers from India was introduced in Paris. Although the story was set in India, the dance style is not similar to the traditional forms of Indian dance and music. The ballet still embraces Viennese-style waltzes.
In this love story, young James is scheduled for marriage, but he eventually falls in love with a sylph. A sylph is an air spirit that was described in Paracelsus’s work. The sylph entices James with a kiss. Simple of a story, the tale speaks beyond the impossibility of ever having a human and spirit reunited together. The dance style shows the temptation for lust and love that appeals to the eyes of the audience. The popular version was created by August Bournonville and was performed in Copenhagen in 1836. It has now become one of the most beloved ballets of all time.
Are you ready to be enticed by the ballet performances? Check out some performances at the David H Koch Theater or your local venue for the latest ballet performances!