Act & Manner – Arts & Humanities Hw

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Act & Manner – Arts & Humanities Hw

The key terms of Arts and Humanities Homework include, Act, Manner.


Port de bras

an act or manner of moving and posing the arms


Plié

Back straight, bend the knees to move down then push up


Demi-plié

½ bend, beginning and end of each move


Grande plié

large bend, heels off floor


Ballet

“classical” or formal dance

– Prescribed, formalized movement
– Solo, Duets, Choruses


Dinner Ballets

Renaissance Period

– Lavish entertainments
– Entrees – In between courses, often mythological characters reflecting the meal


Catherine de’Medici

Wife of King Henry II of France (Renaissance)

– A great patron of the arts
– Began to fund ballet in the French court
– Elaborate festivals encouraged the growth of ballet de cour, a program that included dance, decor, costume, song, music and poetry


Louis XIV

The Sun King & Dancing King (Renaissance)

Academie Royale de Danse (1661)

Used proscenium stage
– Separated the dancers from the audience
– Established rules for positions and movements
– Women allowed on stage (1681)


Who was Louis XIV’s dance teacher?

Pierre Duchamps


Pierre Duchamps

Credited with inventing the 5 basic dance positions of ballet


When were women allowed on stage?

1681 under Louis XIV


Marie Anne Cupis de Carmago

Age of Enlightenment



– Male failed to make entrance, so she danced his part
– Raised skirt to show off foot work, danced with the skill of a man
– Remembered for her numerous technical innovations.


Age of Enlightenment – 17th and 18th Century

Action ballet in which the narrative is advanced through gesture and pantomime


Marie Salle

Age of Enlightenment

– More expressive, not just leaps and posture
– First important female choreographer
– Wore only simple drapery and her hair loose.


John Weaver

Age of Enlightenment

– London choreographer
– Focus on dramatic content
– Focus on display of dance


Jean-Georges Navarre

Age of Enlightenment

– 1760 Letters on Dancing and Ballet
– Treat ballet as a play without words


Charles Didelot

Age of Enlightenment

– Introduced tights
– Zephyr and Flora (1796)


What ballet is credited with the introduction of dancing en pointe to the stage?

Zephyr and Flora (1796) by Charles Didelot


How many basic positions are there in ballet?

5 Basic Positions – 1st, 2nd. 3rd, 4th, 5th

All moves stem from these basic postures


Port de bras

an act or manner of moving and posing the arms


Plié

Back straight, bend the knees to move down then push up


Demi-plié

½ bend, beginning and end of each move


Grande plié

large bend, heels off floor


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