Edgar Degas: The Entrance of the Masked Dancers (1879)

Connection: Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ According to ClarkArt.edu, “Unlike many of Degas’s ballet scenes, which combine details from sketches made at different times, this pastel relates to a specific production of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’. The viewpoint is that of an abonné, a subscriber with privileged access, like the top-hatted gentleman on the far side of the…

Edgar Degas: The Singer in Green (c.1884)

A sale catalogue in 1898 described the dancer pictured in Edgar Degas’ pastel, The Singer in Green: “Skinny and with the graceful moves of a little monkey, she has just sung her ribald verses and, with a gesture that conceals an entreaty behind her smile, is inviting applause.” With her small eyes, high cheeks, and…

Edgar Degas: The Ballet Class (1871-1874)

I enjoyed this excellent analysis of The Ballet Class at Artschaft: Compared to the other Impressionists, Edgar Degas was more of a traditionalist. The Frenchman didn’t paint en plein air, his color palette was subdued for much of his career and his spontaneity was painstakingly rehearsed. With a fascination for human anatomy reminiscent of Leonardo…

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake with Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev

  Swan Lake, Op. 20 Composer: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Dancers: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev with members of Wiener Staatsopernballett Ballet in 4 acts by: Vladimir Begitchev and Vasily Geltzer Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker Conductor: John Lanchbery Choreography: Rudolf Nureyev Directed: Truck Branss   Image source Edgar Degas, The Entrance of the Masked Dancers (1882), Pastel…

Cynthia Gregory and Ivan Nagy: “In A Rehearsal Room”

The Story – Seven Minutes of Magic According to shippermd, this video is  “An EXTREMELY RARE, 1976 film-short of a romantic Pas de Deux Ballet to Pachelbel’s Canon In D Major.”  Produced by David Hahn and choreographed by William Carter, this film highlights the talents of dancers Cynthia Gregory and Ivan Nagy. About ‘In A…

Edgar Degas: Dancers in Blue (1895)

Dancers in Blue (1895). Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917). Oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay. “Whereas previously in his “dance classes” Degas focused on isolated figures and large spaces, here he groups together four figures making adjustments to their hair and costumes, almost forming one single creature with several heads, several arms and several feet. The shapes…