Romantic Ballet


Romantic Ballet

The Romantic Period began in the early nineteenth century and reflected the romantic ideas of art and literature of that time. Following the Classical Period, ballet became a marriage of dynamic technique and dramatic storytelling. This was the birth of the story ballet. The Romantic Era was a time of fantasy, etherealism, supernaturalism and exoticism. The stories of the time dealt with issues of good vs. evil, man vs. nature and society vs. the supernatural. Women became the superstars of the ballet with the introduction of pointework, a style of dancing on the tip of the toes which gave the illusion of floating. With women being centerstage, men took the role of supporting the ballerina. Important ballerinas of this era include Marie Taglioni, Carlotta Grisi, Lucille Grahn and Fanny Ceritto. Popular ballets of the romantic period include La Sylphide, Giselle, and Coppelia.

Giselle


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