The great leap from earth to heaven: The evolution of ballet and costume in England and France in the eighteenth century

Collins, M. and Jarvis, J. (2016) The great leap from earth to heaven: The evolution of ballet and costume in England and France in the eighteenth century. Costume, 50 (2). pp. 169-193. ISSN 05908876 (ISSN)

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Abstract

The evolution of classical ballet from its accepted origins as one method of displaying status and aristocratic power in Renaissance Italy to its Romantic form, featuring professional ballerinas in white costumes dancing en pointe, took place largely during the long eighteenth century. This article discusses this transformation from the dual perspectives of choreography and costume by using the premise that these two vital elements in the presentation of ballet were co-dependent, each prompting the other to develop and evolve. Concentrating on Paris and London, it examines the relationship between court dress, fashion and theatre costume, and how this affected both the choreography and the style of dance throughout the long eighteenth century. © The Costume Society 2016.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ballet, Baroque, Costume, Eighteenth century, Louis xiv, Theatre
Subjects: W200 Design studies
W500 Dance
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Visual Communication
UoA Collections > UoA35: Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Joanna Jarvis
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 15:11
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2017 15:26
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3445

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