Appalachian Spring

So I know we talked in class about ballet being a function of music, dance, performance, and expression of emotion and not a particular type of dance. However, THIS to me was a ballet. At least what I would personally consider a ballet when I think of what ballet is. The dancing was fluid and so attuned to the music. It was very clear who each of the characters were and where they were. The costumes really informed the story as well which was particularly important given that the set was so sparse. I also think that this ballet is MUCH more narrative than the Stravinsky piece which was much more ritualistic and didn’t have a clear plot. Overall I really enjoyed the Copland piece. I found the music to be really engaging on its own (the dance did not need to draw me in for me to enjoy it).

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