In the final session of the Ballet 360° lecture series, dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis explores the elements of storytelling in ballet through the works choreographed by August Bournonville for The Royal Danish Ballet.
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 IV: Storytelling: Mime, Gesture, and Ebullient Dancing The ballets of August Bournonville have always been The Royal Danish Ballet's calling card. He told his stories with a conversational style of mime, and developed characters through gesture, as well as the joyous dancing for which the company is known. How does theatricality come into play in the making of a ballet?
Note: The Royal Danish 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.