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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Perchance to Dream? The Relevance of Romanticism in Contemporary Dance

What worth does the image of the ethereal, other worldly ballerina have for a contemporary dancer? What elements from the Romantic period ballet have survived, and how are these ideals transposed to reflect current trends? This presentation explores stylistic elements of the Romantic period ballet through a restaging of excerpts from “Pas de Quatre” after Anton Dolin’s reconstruction of the 1845 Romantic period ballet by Jules Perrot. Four dancers from the Brockport Dance Department will represent the roles originally created for the four great romantic period ballerinas Taglioni, Grisi, Cerrito and Grahn. This presentation highlights the process of coaching a 21st century ballerina in the Romantic style, and looks at what insights modern ballerinas may glean from re-imagining the age of imagination.

Presenters: Kara Foote (Undergraduate Student)
Christina Gorman (Undergraduate Student)
Lauren Saint-Louis (Undergraduate Student)
Juliana Utz (Graduate Student)
Vanessa Van Wormer (Faculty)
Topic: Dance
Location: Strasser Dance Studio, 152 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.