Activities / Questions
Exaggerated gestures and Mime are a huge part of ballet and how it communicates to the audience what is going on. See these two videos to be introduced to exaggerated gestures and mime. Below are a couple of short videos looking into this.
Exercise one: Communication in a nonverbal manner speaking like you are verbal
Exercise Two: Emotions
Since there is no speaking in ballet, non-verbal communication or mime is very important. Describe a situation in which you might use non-verbal communication to get your point across.
Exercise Three: Parts of a Ballet
There are three main parts in the arch of ballet and two minor ones(usually). They are;
The pantomime sketch - setting the stage of the story
The Dance composition - A large ensemble piece where the whole troupe is involved.
Pantomime denouement - the epilogue
The two minor sections are:
Divertissement - Where the soloist, demi-soloist get to show off their talents
Grand pas - Is where the principal dancers are showcased
After seeing the ballet did you recognize any or all of these sections? If so which ones and describe where in the ballet they took place.
Romeo and Juliet is set During the Italian Renaissance. Research the Italian Renaissance. What is one of its major themes of this period and why do you feel this story was originally placed in it? Talk with your groups and share three ideas with the class.
The ballet Romeo and Juliet is known for its elaborate costumes and sets. Ballet costumes are quite different from normal clothing.
There are many job opportunities that ballet companies offer besides dancing. Investigate the various careers then choose one to research in-depth.
Do a little googling or go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook(Department of labor and Satistics) and find out about two jobs you may find interesting and find out about what experience is needed, the job description, schooling, and payment you’d receive. Pick one that interests you and write about why you would want to pursue this career path.
What do you think makes music “danceable”?
What other music makes you want to dance?
What are the main qualities they have? Rhythm, melody, passion?
Listen to a range of different music and try to imagine the type of movements that would suit each of the pieces.