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Riassunto: "EVERY age has had its ways of dancing; every people has expressed itself in some form of rhythmic motion. The dance originally was the natural expression of the simple emotions of a primitive people. Triumph, defeat, war, love, hate, desire, propitiation of the gods of nature, all were danced by the hero or the tribe to the rhythm of beaten drums. Over six thousand years ago Egypt made use of the dance in its religious ritual. At a very early period the Hebrews gave dancing a high place in their ceremony of worship. Moses bade the children of Israel dance after the crossing of the Red Sea. David danced before the Ark of the Covenant. The Bible is replete with instances showing the place of the dance in the lives of the people of that time.
Greece in its palmy days was the greatest dancing nation the world has ever known. Here it was protected by priesthood and state, practiced by rich and poor, high and lowly born. One of the nine muses was devoted to the fostering of this particular art. Great ballets memorialized great events; simple rustic dances celebrated the20 coming of the flowers and the gathering of the crops. Priestesses performed the sacred numbers; eccentric comedy teams enlivened the streets of Athens. Philosophers taught it to pupils for its salutary effect on body and mind; it was employed to give soldiers poise, agility and health. The dance was undoubtedly among the causes of Greek vigor of mind and body. Physicians prescribed its rhythmic exercise for many ailments. Plato specifies dancing among the necessities for the ideal republic, and Socrates urged it upon his pupils. The beauty of harmonized movements of healthy bodies, engendered by dancing, had its effect on the art of Greece. Since the days of classic Greece, scenery, music and costume have created effects then undreamed of, but notwithstanding the lack of incidental factors, the greatness and frequency of municipal ballets, the variety of motives that dancing was made to express, combine to give Greece a rank never surpassed as a dancing nation. The Greek stage of this age was rich in scope, and for its effects drew upon poetry, music, dancing, grouping and posing.
Then came the Dark Ages of history, and in a degraded world dancing was saved and taken under the protection of the Christian church, where it remained for the greater part of a thousand years. The vehicle that carried the ballet through this period was known as the "spectacle." These sacred spectacles, in grouping, evolution, decoration and music, possessed qualities that entitle them to a respectable place in the annals of opera ballet. The steps were primitive, but they sufficed for the times. However, the organization of the first real opera ballet conforming to standards of modern excellence did not come till the latter part of the fifteenth century, when21 Cardinal Riario, a nephew of Pope Sixtus IV, composed and staged a number of important ballet productions. But the greatest development of the modern type of ballet received its impetus under the reign of Louis XIV of France, who founded the national ballet academy at Paris in 1661, and often played prominent parts himself. Under this influence great performers began to appear, artists whose work, by grace of beauty alone, attested that perfection in ballet technique was approaching."
Titolo: The art of stage dancing
Casa editrice: Belvedere Publishers
Data di pubblicazione: 1980
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: good. 408 Gramm. Codice libro della libreria M00877542503-G
Descrizione libro Belvedere Publishers. Paperback. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Codice libro della libreria 2724004459
Descrizione libro Belvedere Publishers. Paperback. Condizione libro: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Codice libro della libreria 2725128736
Descrizione libro Belvedere Publishers. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Codice libro della libreria G0877542503I3N00
Descrizione libro Belvedere Publishers. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: Good. 0877542503 New York, 1980. Illustrated paper covers; wear at edges and corners; 8vo - over 7 3/4" to 9 3/4" tall; black and white diagrams and illustrations; small pencil notations on half title page, otherwise interior clean and unmarked; 326 pages. Codice libro della libreria SKU1098082
Descrizione libro Belvedere Publishers, 1980. Paperback. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0877542503
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97808775425064.0
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 97808775425063.0
Descrizione libro New York, Belvedere., 1980. Reprint edition 1980 of the original 1925 book, illustrated with historic photos and drawings. -- Softcover. Condition: very good minus (small chip front-cover). ISBN 0877542503. Codice libro della libreria 30402
Descrizione libro Belvedere Publishers, 1980. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. No Jacket. Only very light shelfwear, no spine crease, previous owner's name on flep. Codice libro della libreria 009212