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Michel Fokine
A biography of Michel Fokine, the father of modern ballet.
# 117955 | 1,326 words | 4 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2009 in Dance (History)

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This paper gives an overview of the life and achievements of the Russian dancer Michel Fokine, who is credited with reviving the art of modern dance in the 20th century. The writer explains that Fokine brought back classical principles to ballet in areas that he felt they were eroding or receding, and sought to recover the true authenticity and expression of ballet thereof. When Fokine joined the Maryinski Imperial Ballet in 1898, ballet was focused mainly on leg . Fokine, an all-round artist who painted and played music as well, worked on full-bodied choreography and developed five principles of ballet which emphasized the harmonization of music scenery and dance. The paper concludes that Fokine recognized, embraced and revived the needs of cultural expression inherent to any art form, and successfully readapted them to the art of dance that is ballet.

From the Paper:

"What we see here is that Michel sensed the commercialization of dance, leading him to seek to represent the character of the nation through expression in dance as opposed to just costuming and ornamentation. He asserted his philosophy of movement in ballet this in a letter to the London Times in 1914 that according to what he called "Five Principles," attempts should be made to harmonize music scenery and dance (Michel Fokine, 2008). He applied this philosophy to the choreography of the body of his works at Maryinski and then the Ballets Russe Russian ballet."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Art and Culture, Michel Fokine (2008): Retrieved November 29, 2008:http://www.artandculture.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/ACLive.woa/wa/artist?id=1295
  • Ballet: Michel Fokine. (2008) Retrieved November 29, 2008:http://www.answers.com/topic/michel-fokine
  • Bremser, Martha, ed., (1993) International Dictionary of Ballet, St. James.
  • Michel Fokine (2008) Retrieved November 29, 2008: http://www.yonkershistory.org/fokine.html

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