Danspirations: The Process is the Prize with Bruce Marks

Bruce Marks is one of the world’s most respected ballet masters. DanceLifeTV.com caught up with him at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, where he served as the jury chairman. Hear his inspiring words on what dance means to him, the evolution of dance technique, and his thought-provoking comments on the competition experience in the ballet world. You’ll be inspired by a true master of the ballet world—guaranteed.

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  1. Wonderful presentation! Thank you so much for bringing coverage of a major event in the ballet world. There is one thing that was said though that distresses me greatly, and that is that we should forget the classics as they were and reinvent them. Yes, dance is a living art form, but any art form cannot move forward if it does not embrace it’s past and utilize it as a basis to move forward.

    If we look at classical music, what would happen if in an instant, we removed all the work written by JS Bach. Would we have ever evolved to Mozart, or Beethoven or Stravinsky? Would anyone suggest trying to reinvent a Bach concerto or Mozart’s Requiem? Or rewriting a Shakespearean tragedy? To what purpose would it serve?

    In the same way, if one rechoreographed(as opposed to restaged) Giselle, would that not deflect the historical significance of the Romantic Era of ballet? Without the previous Romantic Era ballets, the rise of the Imperial Ballet in Russia could not have produced the ballets of Marius Petipa nor then the genius of Balanchine in the Twentieth Century.

    If the art of ballet is to move forward, it must recognize what has made it a palatable audience experience in the past. All art must move the audience and require a cerebral interaction between the choreography, the dancers and the audience. If the only mental cognizance that an audience has is the technical “Wow” factor, there is clearly a disconnect within the work and it will not have a viable chance of survival.

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