By Peter Stoneley
Queers in ballet!? This stunning improvement is printed by way of Mr. Stoneley during this very attention-grabbing ebook at the mystery tradition of ballet. As a gay choreographer, i used to be happy and relieved to have the elephant within the room stated. - Mark Morris
''Peter Stoneley sheds welcome mild on an open mystery: that ballet has lengthy replied to and encouraged homosexual male tradition. Of use to students and scholars alike, this booklet might be an immense addition to any library of queer experiences, dance stories, and modern functionality background and theory.'' - Thomas DeFrantz, Massachusetts Institute of expertise
There has lengthy been a well-liked belief of a connection among ballet and homosexuality, a connection that, for strategic purposes, has frequently been denied via these within the dance global. A Queer heritage of the Ballet makes a speciality of how, as makers and as audiences, queer women and men have helped to enhance some of the texts, photographs, and legends of ballet. additional, the e-book explores the ways that, from the 19th century into the 20th, ballet has been a way of conjuring homosexuality - of allowing a point of expression and visibility for those that have been differently declared unlawful and obscene.
This e-book provides a chain of ancient case reviews, together with:
the perverse sororities of the Romantic ballet;
the fairy in folklore, literature, and ballet;
Tchaikovsky and the making of Swan Lake;
Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and the emergence of queer modernity;
the formation of ballet in the United States;
the queer makes use of of the prima ballerina;
Genet's writings for and approximately ballet.
Stoneley ends with a attention of ways ballet's queer culture has been memorialised by means of such modern dance-makers as Neumeier, Bausch, Bourne and Preljocaj.
This energetic, available learn will entice scholars, students and basic readers with an curiosity in dance, and in queer background.
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Extra resources for A Queer History of the Ballet
13 It was only later in the century that Gautier’s interest in deviancy became obviously available to a more speciﬁcally homosexual reading. Much of his phrasing would be recycled by late nineteenth-century sexologists. Mademoiselle de Maupin reﬂects, for instance, that it ‘often happens that the sex of the soul is not the same as that of the body’, and that she has ‘strong and virile thoughts’. 14 Alongside the sexologists, decadent writers would be drawn to the homosexual potential of Gautier’s ﬁction.
For him, it is ‘the other way round’, as the ‘music seems to become visible, to become a shape that is complementary to the dancer’s shape’. 29 Ballet, then, sets out to intrigue and confound the viewer. It makes the body daringly, almost objectionably present, but in the illusions created by movement and music, this is also a body that hardly dares to be present at all. The dancing body desires display, but this exists in parallel with a necessary modesty. There is the paradox of the disappearance after an immensely vivid presence, so that, to the imagination at least, the body is still there.
Andersen recounts, ‘Suddenly their shrouds fall to the ground. 2 Andersen exaggerates – at least, the nuns were not completely naked – but his feverish excitement suggests the dramatic effect the scene had on the contemporary audience. Bertram has summoned the nuns because he wishes them to use their wiles to lead Robert ever closer to his damnation. But after Bertram has left, and before Robert arrives, these wicked sisters indulge in their favourite pleasures. They drink, they gamble, and, above all, they dance together.