Modernism on Stage

Modernism on Stage

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Modernism on Stage restores the Ballets Russes to its central role in the Parisian art world of the 1910s and 1920s, and includes close readings of ballets designed by Picasso, Delaunay, Matisse, and de Chirico. Dance is brought to bear upon modernist art history as more than a source of imagery, but as part of the avant-garde's articulation of the idea of a total work of art.Perhaps this is what one American critic was getting at in 1929 by describing de Chiricoa#39;s style as a aquot;skeptical ... the 1920s, a style that tended to combine the orderly structure and progressions of eighteenth-century music with modernist ... aquot; With a type of sadistic satisfaction, aquot; he continued, a€[Balanchine] applies [this technique] against natural principles and forces the leader of the Muses to play the clown.

Title:Modernism on Stage
Author:Juliet Bellow
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2013


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