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Romantic ballet


Romantic ballet

Romantic ballet is the style that developed after the Ballet d'action; its period lasted from 1815 to about 1845 or 1850. Its popularity declined along the Ballet in France. Among the elements that differentiate this Ballet Style are:
  • The use of a different Scenarist and Choreographers as opposed to the same person assigned to both tasks.

  • This is the style that brought back women to the scene outshining their male counterparts.

  • Its creation is shaped by an era in which Romanticism played an important role in the manifestation of any form of art.

  • Its end was a rather slow decline rather than an immediate one.

  • The music played during the performances was specially created for the ballet instead of the other way around.

  • Along the intervention of gas lighting into the performances, the mysteriousness and effects of the shows gradually evolved.

  • Numerous ballet displays acquired a softer glow during the era of Romantic Ballet.

  • Illusion and impressionism became frequent and varied with the use of wires and trap doors.

  • Most notorious yet of the development of Romantic Ballet is the evolution of the idea of Weightlessness of the performers, a feat hard to take into practice in real life.

  • The themes of this style focused on the constant struggles between man and nature, the supernatural and exotic worlds and societies.