Landmark Ballets of Imperial Russia | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | University of Miami

Landmark Ballets of Imperial Russia

OSH 714 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: TBA
Instructor: Lucette Comer

Course Description

The purpose of the class would be to view contemporary reconstructions of landmark ballets, performed by major companies of today. Discussions would focus on the historical background of each ballet, major choreographers, composers, dancers, etc. Factors such as early Romanticism, the emergence of the female ballerina, the rise of spiritualism, the rising importance of the common man, and the use of pantomime would be covered as well as the development of ballet technique itself. How to judge the quality of a ballet performance would also be discussed. 

Week 1 Introduction to Course: The Rise of Ballet in Russia
Week 2 Fantasy: A Doll Comes to Life
Week 3 Fantasy: Derivation from Literature
Week 4 Exoticism, spiritualism
Week 5 The marriage of Classical Ballet and Music
Week 6 An undervalued choreographer

Mrs. Lucette Comer, dancer, teacher, and choreographer of ballet and modern dance possessing a master of arts degree in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. She studied both ballet and modern dance for many years. She performed with the Charles Weidman Theatre Dance Company and did some professional dancing. She was on the faculty of the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati where she taught dance technique, dance composition, and dance history. Her choreography focused on the relationship between dance and music.