In this continuation of the popular Ballet 360° lecture series, dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses video of well-known ballets to take us beyond the steps and into the fine craft of making a ballet. Session II: Romantic Passion and Classical StyleGiselle
is one of the most beloved ballets in the repertoire, about love, betrayal, and the power of that love to survive the grave. The Mariinsky Ballet is known for the passion of its dancing and pure classical style. What is style, and how is it important to ballet?Note: the Mariinsky Ballet does not participate in this session.
Alexandra Tomalonis has been a dance critic for nearly 30 years, writing frequently for the Washington Post
, Dance Magazine,
and other publications. She is the editor of DanceView
magazine, and its online review supplement, danceviewtimes.com. Ms. Tomalonis also teaches ballet history, aesthetics, and related courses at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C.
Additional sessions examine Reawakening the Past
, Music and Architecture
, and Storytelling: Mime, Gesture, and Ebullient Dancing