Ballets Russes - Characteristics/Reforms


  1. The male dancer returns.
  2. Expressiveness: work was not just solely about technique or divertissements as found in classical ballet
  3. Movement vocabulary freed
  4. Individuals were important rather than a corps de ballet of classical form
  5. Unified theme: pieces were often one act, and always sought to express a single theme throughout the piece
  6. Collaboration: Choreographers and dancers collaborated with set designers and musicians in order to create pieces
  7. Reflection of Russian taste, themes (idea of developing Russian art, rather than importing western art and influence)

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