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Ballet as Ideology: Giselle, Act 2. Evan Alderson Presented by: Michelle dePozsgay Edited by Laura Pratt and Dr. Kay Picart. Aims. To understand how art functions in society To understand how ideology is projected through aesthetic value in Giselle

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ballet as ideology giselle act 2

Ballet as Ideology: Giselle, Act 2

Evan Alderson

Presented by: Michelle dePozsgay

Edited by Laura Pratt and Dr. Kay Picart

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Aims
  • To understand how art functions in society
  • To understand how ideology is projected through aesthetic value in Giselle
  • To explore the connection between Balanchine’s ballerina and the incidence of Anorexia
key terms
Key Terms
  • What is IDEOLOGY:____________________________________________________________________________________________
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Key Terms
  • What is ROMANTICISM: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Key Terms
  • What is the BOURGEOISIE:_________________________________________________________________________________________
ballet terms
Ballet Terms
  • ADAGIO:____________________________________
  • ATTITUDE: _____________________________________________
  • BALLET BLANC: _______________________________
  • RONDS DE JAMBE: ____________________________
  • POINTES: ____________________________________
theophile gautier
Theophile Gautier

1811 – 1872

Libretto for Giselle

“More than one eye which thought it was seeing only

ronds de jambe and pointes found to its surprise its vision

obscured by a tear- which

does not often happen in ballet.” (123)

giselle
Giselle

CHARACTERS:

  • GISELLE:___________________
  • ALBRECHT: ________________
  • HILLARION: ________________
  • PRINCESS BATHILDE: ___________________________
  • THE WILIS: ______________________________________________________
  • QUEEN MYRTHA: ___________________________
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Giselle

PLOT:

  • ACT1: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • ACT2: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
alderson s giselle experience
Alderson’s Giselle experience
  • Second Act adagio, Giselle en attitude: “...Evelyn Hart’s virtuosity, the forms of grace given in ballet, the unfolding story, the music and the décor all seemed to become one thing. Criticism fell away; I was for that time seized by beauty.” (123)
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Alderson’s Giselle Experience
  • Act 1: _____________
  • Act 2: _____________
    • ______________________________
feminine power act 2
FEMININE POWER: Act 2

The Wilis’ great revenge

  • ______________________________________________________________________
  • ______________________________________________________________________

Giselle’s forgiveness

    • _________________________________
the bourgeoisie
The Bourgeoisie
  • Gautier claimed to despise the bourgeoisie: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • Center of social value: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
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The Bourgeoisie
  • Bourgeois values embedded in Giselle
    • “MASK:” ________________________________________________________________________
    • “VEIL:” ________________________________________________________________________

Though he vows to oppose the “intolerable world of the bourgeoisie,” he has instead become its ideologist. (127)

maria taglioni
Maria Taglioni
  • sexuality and chastity
  • first and foremost ballerina of the Romantic period
  • father, Fillipo Taglioni created La Sylphide for her
taglioni
Taglioni
  • Gautier, “The dancer for women”
  • ____________________________________________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________________________________________
more key terms
More Key Terms
  • ANOREXIA NERVOSA: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • ANORECTIC: ____________________________________________________________________
balanchine
Balanchine
  • “Ballet is woman” (129)
  • “Man is a better cook, a better painter, a better musician, composer…Man is stronger, faster…And woman accepts this, It is her business to accept. She knows what is beautiful.” (129)
balanchine and anorexia
Balanchine and Anorexia

“The man who defeminized women”

  • ___ percent of female ballet students are anorectics (130)
  • Ballet training and Anorexia: ____________________________________________________________________
  • ___________ sexuality
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Balanchine and Anorexia
  • “The anorectic pursues, with a vengeance, a particular ideal of feminine beauty.” (130)
  • The ballerina invites women to embody her same image.
  • “Anorexia is a cultural invasion of the body.” (130)
ideology aesthetics and dance
Ideology, Aesthetics, and Dance
  • AESTHETICS: ____________________________________________________________________
  • IDEOLOGY: ____________________________________________________________________________
  • THE CONNECTION: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
works cited
Works Cited
  • Alderson, Evan. “Ballet as Ideology: Giselle, Act 2.” Meaning in Motion. Ed. Jane Desmond. Durham: Duke University Press, 1997. 121-131
  • McKenzie, Kevin. “Ballet Dictionary.” American Ballet Theater. Ballet Theater Foundation, Inc. 2003. 22 Mar 2005. http://www.abt.org/education/dictionary/index.html
  • Shomler, Bob. “Giselle Act 2.” 1994. http://www.shomler.com/dance/giselle/
  • “Taglioni, Maria,” “Anorexia Nervosa.” Columbia Encyclopedia, sixth edition. Highbeam Research, Inc 2005. 22 Mar 2005. http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/T/Taglioni.asp
  • Garland, Kevin. “La Sylphide Note.” The National Ballet of Canada. 22 Mar 2005. http://www.national.ballet.ca/Performances/Seasons/2005fall/sylphideNote.php
  • Hugo, Victor. “Theophile Gautier.” 22 Mar 2005 http://www.victorhugo2002.culture.fr/culture/celebrations/hugo/fr/contpg4.htm
  • Croatian National Theater, Multimedia. “Giselle.” 2004. 22 Mar 2005. <http://www.hnk.hr/en/novosti.php>
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