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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday and Spooky Ballet

Throwback Thursday and Spooky Ballet

What does Halloween have to do with ballet and history?  Nothing, exactly.  But during the Romantic Period, with its fascination with all things supernatural, many great ballets were created.  Filmy white costumes, the eerie flickering of gas-jet lighting, trap doors and flying spirits – it sounds a lot like Halloween to me!

My favorite “ghost” ballet is the famous Giselle.  It was choreographed in 1841 by Jules Perrot (his wife Carlotta Grisi danced the leading role) and Jean Coralli. The haunting score was composed by Adolphe Adam (you know him as the composer of the famous Christmas carol O Holy Night).  Giselle has everything:  a tragic love story; scary, zombie-like supernatural beings, and a second act set in a dark, spooky forest.  Yet many people have never heard of this ballet.  Perhaps we should start a Halloween tradition making Giselle the official Halloween ballet – much like Nutcracker has become so associated with the Christmas season.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Dance History Factoid #4:  
“The haunting ballet Giselle was choreographed in 1841 by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli.”

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