New PDF release: A Queer History of the Ballet

By Peter Stoneley

ISBN-10: 0203968492

ISBN-13: 9780203968499

ISBN-10: 0415972795

ISBN-13: 9780415972796

ISBN-10: 0415972809

ISBN-13: 9780415972802

Queers in ballet!? This surprising improvement is published through Mr. Stoneley during this very fascinating ebook at the mystery tradition of ballet. As a gay choreographer, i used to be happy and relieved to have the elephant within the room said. - Mark Morris

''Peter Stoneley sheds welcome gentle on an open mystery: that ballet has lengthy answered to and encouraged homosexual male tradition. Of use to students and scholars alike, this ebook could be an enormous addition to any library of queer reviews, dance stories, and modern functionality historical past and theory.'' - Thomas DeFrantz, Massachusetts Institute of expertise

There has lengthy been a well-liked conception of a connection among ballet and homosexuality, a connection that, for strategic purposes, has frequently been denied by way of these within the dance global. A Queer heritage of the Ballet specializes in how, as makers and as audiences, queer women and men have helped to boost some of the texts, photographs, and legends of ballet. extra, the ebook explores the ways that, from the 19th century into the 20th, ballet has been a way of conjuring homosexuality - of permitting some extent of expression and visibility for those that have been differently declared unlawful and obscene.

This e-book offers a chain of historic case reports, together with:

the perverse sororities of the Romantic ballet;

the fairy in folklore, literature, and ballet;

Tchaikovsky and the making of Swan Lake;

Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and the emergence of queer modernity;

the formation of ballet in the USA;

the queer makes use of of the prima ballerina;

Genet's writings for and approximately ballet.

Stoneley ends with a attention of ways ballet's queer culture has been memorialised through such modern dance-makers as Neumeier, Bausch, Bourne and Preljocaj.

This energetic, obtainable examine will entice scholars, students and basic readers with an curiosity in dance, and in queer heritage.

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Hiding the effort means that the dancer appears suddenly to bounce into space. These beaten jumps can create a ‘flitting’ look that is sometimes taken to be bird-like (the famous male solo from the ‘Blue Bird’ pas de deux consists of a series of beaten jumps on a diagonal across the stage). The strength of the illusion in beaten steps is similar to that of the bourrée, in that the eye detects the movement, but cannot follow it closely. It happens so fast that it is hard to know how many times the legs beat together in the air.

There they are, arm in arm, hand in hand, cherished companions looking at each other with looks of chaste and pure friendship . . 10 One might wonder why Second is so specific in naming the women’s place of residence as the Rue Bourdaloue. The street was quite close to the church of Notre Dame de Lorette, an area that was associated with prostitution (prostitutes were often referred to in Paris in this period as ‘Lorettes’). Perhaps, then, there is in Second’s account the suggestion of an illicit sexual appetite that moves between and across transgressions, from commercial sex to companionate lesbianism, and back again.

Overflowed into [her] friendship with young girls and young women’. 16 What, though, of Gautier’s work on ballet? To some extent, it was his interest in unusual sexual possibilities that led him towards ballet. Or rather, in ballet he found another arena in which he could stage his reveries of deviancy and correction. He fell in love with the great Romantic ballerina, Fanny Elssler, in part because he saw an ‘indecision’ in the nature of her sexual allure. 17 Gautier’s creative contribution to Giselle (1841) was to take Heinrich Heine’s German 29 NUNS AND FAIRIES folktale and present it as material for the ballet.

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