Ballet d'action by Matthew Bourne and Mats Ek

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Down the ages, art has fascinated man. And every age has had its own legends. So also in the case of ballet, if it was Jean Georges Noverre who enthralled in the eighteenth century, it is Mathew Bourne and Mats Ek do so now.
Noverre was far ahead of his times in his thoughts and techniques, and even his supporters were not too comfortable with his views…

Introduction


In his book, Lettes sur la danse, et sur les ballets (Letters on Dancing and Ballets), Noverre underlines the importance of expressions rather than techniques and masks as these were the skills which showed the purpose of the ballet.
During those days, ballets were based on ancient Greek myths and dramas. But these were becoming obsolete and romance was replacing myths as topics of interest. The realities of life were harsh and there was no better way to escape them than entertainment which dwelt on romantic plots to uplift drooping spirits. (Ballet History)1.
According to Alistair Macaulay, under whose tutelage Bourne graduated in dance, Bourne was endowed "with a particular choreographic talent". Bourne had a love for theater, film and musicals since childhood. But he began taking his dance lessons only when he was 22.
Even while he was still learning, Macaulay did not lose sight of Bourne's special abilities. In the second and third years of his graduation, he was particularly watched by Macaulay who observed the special methodology Bourne was using. "In one piece, it was a special step. In another, it was his nonstop flow of changing dance ideas. ...
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