Watch: Discover four centuries of dance history
As the 2012/13 Royal Ballet Season draws to a close, explore the history of ballet with Ballet Evolved.
Through our Ballet Evolved YouTube playlist, former Ballet Mistress Ursula Hageli traces the development of dance over four centuries from 1740 to the present day, covering steps that range from the simple half-turn performed by Baroque dancers, through to the first form of the pirouette and the 32 fouettés executed by today’s dancers.
The series, which features Royal Ballet dancers Melissa Hamilton, Yasmine Naghdi, Romany Pajdak and Claire Calvert; covers key ballerinas from across the ages, including Marie Taglioni (1804-1884), reputed to the be first dancer to go en pointe, and Anna Pavlova (1891-1884), whose performances in South America inspired the legendary choreographer Frederick Ashton.
The playlist also includes Romany Pajdak performing an extract of Frederick Ashton’s Foyer de Danse, a work created on Alicia Markova in 1934, and an introduction to Danish Ballet Master August Bournonville (1805 – 1879) by former Royal Ballet Principal Johan Kobborg.
Ballet Evolved was a Royal Opera House Insights event. Insight Events offer audience members the chance to find out more about Royal Opera House productions through demonstrations and discussions with artists and members of the creative teams. Find out about forthcoming Insight Events.