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Analyse and discuss the structure of one ballet created for Diaghilev Ballet Russe.

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Analyse and discuss the structure of one ballet created for Diaghilev Ballet Russe Ballet in the last quarter of the ninetieth century across Western Europe, the forum of Romantic ballet had reached an all time low point. The great choreographers of the romantic era were dead, and no other choreographers had risen to take their place. Ballet seemed to have lost all of its creative momentum and the public had seized to regard it as a serious art form. It was no longer considered to be the mainstream art form that it had been in the 1830's and 1840's; it appeared to have lost touch with the modern times. Indeed, Ballet appeared to be an art form about to die of exhaustion. The legacy of the work of "Pulcinella", first performed in 1920 was that it revived the interest in the techniques and interests of the past at a time when it would seem that many artists were more concerned with progress and technical ability than a perspective of history. ...read more.

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"Pulcinella" set the stage for the shift in focus of the Ballet Russe retrospective ballets; Diaghilev had accidentally found the new dimension to the company, which he had been searching for. The company had always specialised in "space travel" the structure of the dances had brought the audience closer to the exotic worlds of Persia, India and Russia, and although the audience still applauded these works, Diaghilev, wanted to stay one step ahead of the audience. Since, there were no new places to travel to incorporate into his productions, Diaghilev introduced a new concept into his dance repertoire, what Lambert calls "time travel." In previous, ballets, Diaghilev had been re-crating old ballets, with new talents; while the choreography was new, it was still no where near 'modernist' and the music and design, were essentially faithful to the original modes. However, through the work of "Pulcinella" Diaghilev finished with music by Stravinsky, which was essentially 18th century music in essence, but was rendered away so that the audience could see it through twentieth century eyes. ...read more.

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The pieces of music were chosen to move along the action and reflect the mood of the scene set by Picasso's designs and Massine's choreography, both through music visualisation and direct correlation. In certain sections the music also helped to move, the ballets narrative along, for example the plaintive Seranta that follows the overture fitted Cavellios and Florindo's heartsick declarations of love beneath the balconies of Rossetta and Prundenza. In Pulcinella's first appearance on stage, Pulcinella appears on stahe with a violin, so Dtravinsky added a Through the work of "Pulcinella" Diaghilev Ballet Russe entered a new period in the history of ballet, the 'modernist' approach was unlike anything that had gone before, and the company became an innovation to test out new and experimental ideas. Diaghilev helped to rejuvenate ballet. From the outset, the legendary company enraptured the scandalised dance world with new ballets in every aspect -modern choreography, music, design and the structure of the ballet, helped to alter the course of dance history, making the Ballet Russe the vanguard of distinctive twentieth century art. ...read more.

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