Start Date
Place
Notes
Source
15 Oct 1581
France
Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the first
ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine," was staged
in Paris.
http://timelines.ws August 2009
1588
France
Writing under the anagrammatic pen name of
Thoinot Arbeau French cleric Jehan Tabourot
publishes Orchésographie. Et traicte en forme de
dialogve, par leqvel tovtes personnes pevvent
facilement apprendre & practiquer l'honneste
exercice des dances. Par Thoinot Arbeau
demeurant à Lengres. Tabourot's manual written
in the form of a dialogue between a dancing
master and his student, provides critical
information on social ballroom behavior and on
the interaction of musicians and dancers for this
period. The book includes an early dance
notation system that correlates the music to the
dance steps.
http://www.historyofscience.com/G2I/timeline/
index.php July 2009
1661
France
The Royal Academy of Dance is founded in
France by Louis XIV.
Beckett, Story, P. 327
1672
France
Professional ballet dates from 1672 and the
creation by Louis XIV of the Académie Royale de
Musique et de Danse (later the Paris Opéra).
Oxford Companion to Music
1681
France
Pierre Beauchamps and Jean Baptiste write Le
Triomphe de I'Ammour which features
LaFontaine, the first woman to dance
professionally in a ballet.
http://www.infoplease.com/ipea/A0153763.ht
ml#ixzz14BrLGEbF November 2010
1738
Russia
The Vaganova Ballet Academy was founded. It
was later attached to St. Petersburg's Kirov
Ballet.
http://timelines.ws October 2006
1783
Russia
The Kirov Ballet was founded in St. Petersburg.
http://timelines.ws October 2006
1830
International
The Romantic period in ballet sees ballerinas
making technical and artistic strides in the art
form. Until this period, men dominated the stage.
[1830-1850]
http://www.infoplease.com/ipea/A0153763.ht
ml#ixzz14BrLGEbF November 2010
1900
France
Composers such as Donizetti, Rossini and Verdi
from Italy, where there was no tradition of dancing
in opera, were usually forced to compose ballets
for their operas if they wished them to be
performed in Paris. The ballet in opera gradually
fell out of fashion towards the end of the
nineteenth century.
Waugh, Opera, P. 29
1903
Germany
San Francisco–born expatriate Isadora Duncan
(1878–1927) delivers a lecture in Berlin entitled
“The Dance of the Future” and is soon hailed in
the U.S. and Europe as the founder of modern
dance.
http://eartfair.com/blog/timeline-of-art-history
January 2008
1909
France
First season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets
Russes is a triumph.
Blistène, History, P. 29
1909
France
The Ballet Russes of Serge Diaghilev exploded
onto the stage of the Chatelet in Paris.
http://timelines.ws February 2008
1909
Russia
Serge Diaghilev opens the Ballets Russes de
Serge Diaghilev, which begins the era of modern
ballet and his 20-year reign as ballet's leading
figure. Moving away from full-length works
characteristic of Romantic ballet, he creates new,
shorter ballets. Mikhail Fokine is Diaghilev's
choreographer and is considered the most
influential choreographer of the 20th century.
http://www.infoplease.com/ipea/A0153763.ht
ml November 2010
1910
France
The second season of the Ballets Russes stages
Igor Stravinsky's Firebird (decor and costumes
by Leon Bakst and Aleksandr Golovin).
Blistène, History, P. 29
1911
Russia
Diaghilev founded the Ballets Russes as a wholly
Western enterprise, expressly designed for
foreign consumption. The Ballets Russes (1911-
1929) was a unique venture, representing artistic
modernism in dance, music, and the visual arts.
That the company managed to survive at all was
a minor miracle, due entirely to Diaghilev;s
unique combination of artistic flair and
commercial skill. It was a brillian attempt to make
the laws of the free market serve great art.
Maes, History, P. 198-99
1913
France
Stravinsky`s Rite of Spring ballet with Nijinsky
receives its uproarious first performance in Paris.
Blistène, History, P. 30
29 May 1913
France
The premier of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps
(The Rite of Spring) by Igor Stravinsky and
Vaslav Nijinsky in Paris caused rioting in the
theatre. The orchestra was led by Pierre Monteux
and décor was by Nikolai Roerich.
http://timelines.ws January 2009
1941
Russia
The Ballet Company of the Stanislavsky and
Nenmirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theater
was founded.
http://timelines.ws February 2009
1955
Germany
In 1955, concurrent with the gradual revival of
opera-house dance troupes in every West
German town and city, the Russian-born and
trained teacher and modernist choresographer
Tatiana Gsovsky formed the Dance Theater
Berlin, sponsored in part by West German
government, which made frequent tours to other
German cities and was also seen abroad.
Reynolds and McCormick, No fixed, P. 452
1955
UK
Choreology [a notation system for dance] was
developed by Rudolph and Joan Benesh and first
made public in 1955 when it was adopted by the
Royal Ballet.
Oxford Companion to Music
1958
Canada
Ludmilla Chiriaeff (1924-1996), Latvian-born
dance pioneer, founded the Les Grandes Ballets
Canadians.
http://timelines.ws January 2009
1962
UK
The Benesh Institute (formerly the Institute of
Choreology) was founded in 1962 and merged
with the Royal Academy of Dance in 1997.
Oxford Companion to Music
1964
International
'The rise of the waltz,' explained Curt Sachs in the
World History of the Dance, 'was the result of that
longing for truth, simplicity, closeness to nature,
and primitivism, which the last two-thirds of the
eighteenth century fulfilled.' In the century of jazz,
we are likely to overlook the emergence of the
waltz as a hot and explosive human expression
that broke through the formal feudal barriers of
courtly and choral dance styles.'
McLuhan, Understanding Media, P. 22
(1964)
1967
Sweden
Birgit Cullberg (d.1999 at 91) founded the
Cullberg Ballet.
http://timelines.ws January 2010
1968
France
In France with its long tradition of government
support for the dance, the minister of culture
established a showcase for modern
experimentation, Ballet Theatre Contemporain, in
1968. In keeping with a national program to
decentralize the arts, the company located no in
Paris but in Amiens, and in 1972, moved to
Angers.
Reynolds and McCormick, No Fixed, P. 484
1980
US
Mark Morris establishes the Mark Morris Dance
Group in New York and is widely received as the
most promising modern-dance choreographer of
his generation.
http://www.infoplease.com/ipea/A0153763.ht
ml November 2010
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