Title

Shifting Notions of Spectacle in Maurice Ravel’s La Valse

ORCiD

0000-0001-8385-7250 (Wells)

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Conference Title

Dance and Spectacle: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Society of Dance History Scholars Conference, University of Surrey, July 11, 2010

Organization

Society of Dance History Scholars

Location

University of Surrey, London, England, United Kingdom

Conference Dates

July 9-11, 2010

Date of Presentation

7-9-2010

Abstract

The concept of “spectacle” has high and low cultural connotations; Ravel’s choreographic poem La Valse challenges both meanings. Ravel composed La Valse in 1920 and intended it to be a ballet about nothing but the waltz itself. Unfortunately many productions of the ballet have had issues with choreography and reception, particularly regarding its dramatic ending. This presentation will uncover how La Valse disrupted established conventions of waltz and ballet as they relate to notions of both high and low culture. Ravel created a new kind of spectacle, which proved confusing for 20th century French audiences.

First Page

9

Last Page

18

Publisher

Society of Dance History Scholars

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