The Dance

Nancy Duvall Hargrove

in T. S. Eliot’s Parisian Year

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780813034010
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039367 | DOI:
The Dance

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The art of dance had to go through several fundamental changes, innovations, and advances during the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While the art of dance was experiencing a revolution during this time, a new set of aesthetic standards had to be adopted to “keep pace with the development of a tradition.” Excitement for the new developments in dance came out of Isadora Duncan and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. There was also a degree of experimentation in other related areas as various modifications were being made to costumes, sets, music, plots, and productions. Changes taking place in the art of dance also had effects on drama, poetry, and critical ideas. This chapter illustrates how Isadora Duncan, an American dancer, initiated innovations during the early 1900s particularly in Paris, and how the Ballets Russes developed from the ideas of various St. Petersburg artistic figures.

Keywords: Isadora Duncan; Ballets Russes; dance; Diaghilev; aesthetic standards

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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