THE BODY BEAUTIFUL: Greek Myth
Through Dance and Art
The inspiration for this performance derives from ancient Greek art and mythology offering the audience a chance to see ballet as expressive moving sculpture. OBT is also collaborating with Portland Art Museum’s Body Beautiful
exhibit, providing cross-linked educational resources. Visit OBT and PAM for a rich arts experience.
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Portland Art Museum The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece Exhibition
To hear the music for Apollo
To see pictures and learn more about Apollo and the Muses go
To learn about the original production of Apollo visit the George Balanchine Foundation’s website
To see pictures and learn what instructions Balanchine gave to the men who danced Apollo, go
To see an interactive timeline of George Balanchine’s career, including that he stopped ballet for a time due to the Russian Revolution and later in Paris changed his name from Balanchivadze to Balanchine, go
To read more about Francia Russell’s experience learning Apollo go
To see a video clip that shows “the spokes,” a canon, intricate weaving and an example of varied levels in space, go
To hear a selection of the music from Ekho go
To see a chronicle of how the trees for Ekho were built, go
SWAN LAKE: Folktale of Action
Every student should experience great art. Swan Lake is a quintessenial ballet, based on a heartwrenching fable of true love heroically won and tragically squandered.
Oregon Ballet Theatre will perform Act III from Christopher Stowell’s Swan Lake where Odile's evil double tricks the Prince into breaking his vow of love for the Swan Queen.
LINKS TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
What was going on in the 1940’s when Swan Lake was first performed in full by Americans? Check out the “Bound For Glory” online photo exhibition of images of America in the 1940’s
View and compare two youtube videos of the Russian dance: one a solo , the other a pas de deux
View American Ballet Theatre’s Czardas (Hungarian) folk dance and compare to Polish folk dance by students in San Diego
Folk dances keep evolving. Check out the amazing skills in Romafest Gypsy Dance Theater’s, Rhythm Game
Check out this link to OBT’s blog and look at videos about Swan Lake
links to two approaches to folk dances, one for early elementary and the other for Grades 5-8
Bourée – Whether done sur les demi-pointes or sur les pointes, it is a traveling step done with legs crossed and ankles close together .
Click on “Pas de bourrée couru” (pah duh boo-RAY koo-Rew) for a short video demonstration.
Fouetté – A turn on one leg with the other leg whipping in a circle. Odile performs 32 fouettes in Act III—amazing! Click on Fouetté rond de jambe en tournant and see a video clip.
AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Pride in Being New
Introduce your students to brand new, cutting-edge dance by contemporary choreographers created just now.
LINKS TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
New York City Ballet principle dancer Ashley Bouder speaks about what it means to dance in Serenade
Peter Martins, Artistic Director of New York City Ballet speaks about George Balanchine, including a quick look at Serenade and Who Cares?
Listen to the music for Serenade on youtube
Edward Vilella, former dancer with NYC Ballet and former director of Miami City Ballet, speaking in a short, fun clip about Who Cares?
Information about Who Cares? from The George Balanchine Trust
Here is a link to the music for Who Cares?
Giselle: I’ve got the Wilis!
Thursday, March 1, 2012 / 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Since the first version of Giselle performed in 1841, this ballet has deeply moved people of every decade in cultures all over the world. It is the world’s most beloved Romantic-era story ballet.
Hear! See! Imagine! Dance!
April 25, 26, 27, 2012 / 11:00 am - 12:00pm
Choreography derived from noticing the way things and animals sound and move.
Additional Resources: Listed below are links to additional resources to help you and your students gain insight into the three works being performed as part of the Hear! See! Imagine! Dance! program. Short descriptions give you an idea of the content.
DIVERTIMENTO NO. 15
- Divertimento No. 15 in B-flat major, K. 287 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is available on iTunes—a recording by Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra and Janos Rolla is only $5.94! HERE
- Go to New York City Ballet's website for Divertimento No. 15. Click beside the treble clef to hear the music. See if you can hear and clap a steady rhythm that matches the beats of the music. The strong moment, when you feel like clapping, is count "one." If you count to three over and over again, clapping on count "one," you will be on the beat! This music has a rocking beat! HERE
- See an excerpt danced by San Francisco Ballet HERE
- Read about choreographer George Balanchine HERE
- Read more about Lambarena in this study guide from 2009 HERE
- Read about the choreographer, Val Caniparoli HERE
CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS: BRUSH STROKES IN THE WILD
- Read about the choreographer, Anne Mueller HERE
- Learn about the composer, Camille Saint-Saëns HERE
- Click to listen to a complete recording of all fourteen movements by pianists Neal and Nancy O'Doan HERE and theSeattle Youth Symphony conducted by Vilem Sokol HERE!
- Click to see a clip of Disney's Fantasia 2000. Disney animators created a dance for flamingos to the Finale from Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals HERE
- Check out a Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny version of Carnival of the Animals from 1976 complete with poetry by Ogden Nash HERE
- Check out an excerpt of another version of Carnival of the Animals by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon HERE
GUIDE: Song & Dance - April 27 & 28, 2011
SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: Accompanying handouts or slides
GUIDE: The Stravinsky Project - March 3, 2011
WORD JUMBLE: The Stravinsky Project - March 3, 2011
GUIDE: The Sleeping Beauty - October 14, 2010
GUIDE: Emerald Retrospective - October 15, 2009
GUIDE: Duets - April 27, 28 & 29, 2010
GUIDE: Swan Lake - 10/16/08
Accompanying Overhead Transparencies FOR 10/16/08
GUIDE: Lambarena - 2/26/09
Accompanying Lesson Plan: "Weaving the Elements of Lambarena"
GUIDE: Left Unsaid - 4/23 & 4/24
GUIDE: The Germanic Lands - 10/18/07
GUIDE: France - 2/28/08 / Transparencies
GUIDE: America - 4/24/08 & 4/25/08
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GUIDE: Winter 2007
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