Comparing Classical Ballets, Migration And 6000 Miles

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Ballet is almost always thought of as a very traditional movement. As the oldest form of choreographed dance, it is no surprise many people view ballet culture sometimes as “antique.” It is, however, simply untrue. Many ballet companies are beginning to change what ballet is “supposed” to look like. For example, choreographers such as Mats Ek, William Forsythe and Jiří Kylián, shown in 6000 Miles, along with Alfonzo King’s Migration, are changing the idea of ballet. To contrast these two pieces with Marius Petipa’s traditional Sleeping Beauty, one can see obvious differences in technique, venue, and partnering. Although classical ballet technique is evident it all three ballets, Migration and 6000 Miles clearly show, in some ways, the rejection of classical ballet technique. Sleeping Beauty consisted of beautiful petite allegro, as Blue Bird floated across the stage. Princess Florine created astounding pirouettes with her leg and feet pointed and turned out. In contrast, the dancers of Migration inverted their passés, …show more content…

The classical ballet dancers were in dazzling costumes and makeup. The stage was filled with other performers and an elaborate backdrop. This is theatrical venue is essential when telling a fairy tale such as Sleeping Beauty. Migration had very simple, nude costumes. I believe the costumes and set, or lack there of, were not lively because the choreographer wanted the audience to see the lines of each dancer, and the story their bodies were expressing. The lighting helped capture the movement in front of the black backdrop. 6000 Miles had similar lighting with the black backdrop. The costumes, however, were simply, what some would consider, everyday clothing. No sparkling tutus, but there is no question the costumes did intend to be seen. This is clear by the bright colors and flowing skirt the final dancer was

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