School of Music Research Colloquium: Selma Odom presents "The Fusion of Music and Dancing": The Dalcroze Method and Le Sacre du printemps

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Mason Hall 2140
Event Type
Lectures & Presentations
Department
School of Music

The standard narrative about the original production of Le Sacre du printemps is that the Ballets Russes dancers hated Nijinsky's choreography; that rehearsals were prolonged; that the work outraged audiences, who rioted; and that the ballet failed and disappeared, but Stravinsky's music endured as modernism's masterpiece. Selma Odom, Professor Emerita at York University, Toronto, offers a revised history drawing on archival and practice-based research on the method developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, who incorporated movement into music teaching. Starting with what Nijinsky and Diaghilev observed at the Dalcroze institute at Hellerau, she turns to how the dancer Marie Rambert brought embodied knowledge from her Dalcroze background into the rehearsal process to help Nijinsky prepare the dancers to perform the complex work. She then takes up the coverage of Dalcroze and Nijinsky that overlapped in newspapers and journals of the time, finally reflecting on why their reputations, first joined a century ago, remain intertwined. Free.

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