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Mysterious ballet

Can ballet ever be an effective medium for a mystery?

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a_d_medievalist
Oct. 25th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Considering you have to do a lot of figuring out what the hell's happening if you don't know the story?
owlfish
Oct. 25th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Yes. And the problem of leaving clues without being heavy-handed or obvious about it, misdirection for solutions so it's not all blatantly obvious, things like that.
la_monday
Oct. 25th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Heck yeah
owlfish
Oct. 26th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
Examples?
rhube
Oct. 25th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
I... haven't the fogiest. Although as a child I have performed ballet, I have never seen it ('cept for this reality TV thing where difficult teenagers grew as people through the medium of ballet - it was actually cool, but the ballet they did was Romeo and Juliet, so not really a mystery to anyone who... well, anyone). What prompts this?
owlfish
Oct. 26th, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
I went to see a ballet of Diana Wynne Jones' Black Maria last night. The book is predominantly a mystery. The ballet - which was more very heavily based on the book than a ballet of the book per se - was not a mystery. The story had been changed from a mystery to a quest. That was one of the ways the story had been adapted for the medium, I thought. And then I realized I couldn't think of any ballets which were mysteries (not that I know the genre hugely well).
retsuko
Oct. 25th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
I don't see why not. If Edward Gorey can do the sets for a horror ballet, why not a mystery? Just because tragic romance is the chosen genre for most ballet stories doesn't mean that a mystery wouldn't work just as well.

My $.02.
owlfish
Oct. 26th, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
Ballet, it seems to me, is best at action and emotion, both of which would do quite well for a horror ballet. I support there might be mysteries based on those two elements, but not most of the ones I've happened to have read or seen in theater.
the_lady_lily
Oct. 26th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Surely every element of ballet leads to an examination of mystery. How the dancers are able to subject their bodies to such inhuman contortions night after night, force themselves through such labour, and yet manage to make it look graceful, beautiful and akin to feathers blown on the wind. The connections between the music and movement, the synthesis between a rising scale and a rising arm, why that makes sense and why such a clash of chords and an illogical flurry of limbs makes your heart beat louder and stronger in your chest.

Stopping now. I shouldn't answer reflective questions at this time of night this close to examinations.
owlfish
Oct. 26th, 2007 09:30 am (UTC)
Your brain may never be this attuned to nuance again. Savor it while it lasts (except the stressful bits).
aquitaineq
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Princess Tutu rocks! Sorry, that doesn't answer your question ;P
owlfish
Oct. 26th, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
Yes! It was the only ballet-related icon I already had.
noncalorsedumor
Oct. 29th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
In theory, I guess it's possible, but I've never seen it done.

I wish there were some Ballet Writer/Choreographer types we could page.
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