|Develop your eye for choreography|
Can you identify some of the same key movements that appear in each ballet?
If you watch enough of a choreographer’s dance-works, you will begin to recognise the structures, movements and patterns that they favour in their work. This is called a signature style and the choreographer usually has an identified process to which they work to create this style.
Ashley Page’s choreographic style is contemporary ballet, an up to date modern take on the ballet vocabulary that is emphasised in clean movement lines, dynamic pathways and demanding virtuosic technique.
His take on the narrative ballets is also unique. You can clearly see more than one story evolving and he moves away from the traditional versions of the fairytales to incorporate darker characters and events that add depth and contrast. Go to Leaps and Bounds to find out more about narrative ballet with Page’s The Nutcracker and Cinderella, and Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet).
A choreographic style is like a signature because it is instantly recognisable and unique to that choreographer.
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