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    The name of this forum is mystifying. Why not "Dance" instead of "Ballet"?

    I have attended a dance festival for the last few summers which has quite a variety of dance companies. But we gravitate toward a certain kind and it's not strict ballet. Among our favorite companies are Mark Morris, Pilobolus, Paul Taylor.

    Are these considered ballet, modern dance, something else?

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    How about this ? try and dance me this
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    Lenox by any chance?

    I would associate all three more with modern dance than ballet, but the line of demarcation is getting more porous. What do you call Morris' "Waltz of the Snowflakes"?



    I have read that Morris' "The Hard Nut" is the only well-known version of "The Nutcracker" to use all of Tchaikovsky's score in the order originally contemplated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Lenox by any chance?

    I would associate all three more with modern dance than ballet, but the line of demarcation is getting more porous. What do you call Morris' "Waltz of the Snowflakes"?



    I have read that Morris' "The Hard Nut" is the only well-known version of "The Nutcracker" to use all of Tchaikovsky's score in the order originally contemplated.
    This is closer to real ballet than I expected from Morris. Some of the snowflakes are male and the women are not the very thin balletic types, and they are not doing perfect ballet moves. But they obviously have ballet experience. Perhaps that is how most dancers start, with ballet lessons, regardless of where they end up.

    I was curious about "The Hard Nut". Morris is a witty choreographer. Thanks for posting this.

    I wonder if this forum is titled "Ballet" instead of "Dance" because it was felt that only ballet makes use of the heart of the classical repertory of ballet music that someone wanted to specifically include in the discussions. That may be true, but modern dance employs a wide variety of music, even mixing many genres on one program. You might hear electronic music or jazz or a melange of industrial noise. But you might just as likely hear a Bach solo violin piece, part of a Handel oratorio, Vivaldi concerto, Moonlight sonata, etc. sometimes played live. In fact this music is what keeps me going to these dance recitals.

    An entire program choreographed Schubert's "Die Schoene Muellerin" ("The Wanderer", Jessica Lang Dance Company) . The music was performed live by young up-and-comer baritone and pianist as the tragic story was acted out by the dancers. Even the brook was personified by a dancer.

    If all anyone knows is classic ballet, they're missing something. Modern dance is often based on ballet but is less stiff and much more creative at its best.
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    Yes, jegreenwood, we've been attending Jacob's Pillow Festival, which is actually in Becket, Massachusetts. Lenox is close by.

    Actually, Mark Morris's group was in residence at Tanglewood in Lenox for the past few years, so he didn't appear at Pillow those years. His time at Tanglewood seems to have ended.
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    A dance forum could be a fantastic idea - ballet has classical music very often, but not all ballets use classical music. And other forms of dance use classical as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Open Book View Post
    ...modern dance employs a wide variety of music, even mixing many genres on one program. You might hear electronic music or jazz or a melange of industrial noise...
    Very true. Let's, however, recall that the name of this website is Talk Classical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marsilius View Post
    Very true. Let's, however, recall that the name of this website is Talk Classical.
    Seems to me you're taking that statement out of context.

    Quote Originally Posted by Open Book View Post
    . . .

    That may be true, but modern dance employs a wide variety of music, even mixing many genres on one program. You might hear electronic music or jazz or a melange of industrial noise. But you might just as likely hear a Bach solo violin piece, part of a Handel oratorio, Vivaldi concerto, Moonlight sonata, etc. sometimes played live. In fact this music is what keeps me going to these dance recitals.

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