Neoclassical ballet

Neoclassical ballet

Neoclassical ballet is the one adapted to Broadway in a mixture of classical ballet and today's contemporary ballet. The style developed in the 20th century with the pioneer George Balanchine, who brought the advanced technique of the Russian Imperial dance of en pointe work.

A few characteristics of this ballet are:
  • That the meticulous storyline or the dense dramatic backgroundis left behind along the mime, or the full length of the story ballet.

  • The ballet is focused on the dance itself.

  • The ballet is rather classified as urbane, classy, and smoothly modern.

  • It keeps the aesthetic feet en pointe from its Russian roots.

  • it's developed with a definite influence of the technique of modern dances.

  • It uses traditional ballet vocabulary obviating the rigidness of classical ballet.

  • Uses faster beats and performs more technical achievements.

  • it's focused more on the structure of the dance than in its characterization.

  • it's more varied in its organization.
In North America its most remarkable developer was George Balanchine, who after leaving the Ballet Russes of Sergei Diaghilev (a transcendental itinerant ballet company in Europe), founded in America the New York City Ballet and incorporated modern dances to the spectacle and joined Martha Graham (modern dance choreographer) to maximize his exposure to the techniques of this dance.

Balanchine used the bending of hands and feet, in-turned legs and off-centered positions. He opted for leotards and tunics instead of the traditional tutus, focusing on the costumes and historical authenticity to detach his work from the Classical and Romantic Ballet.

Alongside Belanchine, choreographers like Glen Tetley and John Butler experimented the same mixture for Ballet.

Outside North America, the Neoclassic Ballet is a concept developed in the 20th century when the Ballet Russes and the growth of the neoclassic music encouraged to the creation of a Ballet that merged with the modern trends of music. Like New York in America, Germany in Europe was in charge of this development.