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作者 O'Brien, Caroline
書名 Between the seams: The making of a princess
國際標準書號 9780494537459
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說明 81 p
附註 Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 48-02, page: 0638
Thesis (M.A.)--York University (Canada), 2009
In this thesis I investigate the iconic costume for the ballet, the classical tutu, in its relationship to the prima ballerina. In spite of years of training and even more years of practice and rehearsal, the princess of the ballet is unrecognizable without her tutu. There are certain theories of dress that are useful to offer new meanings in this exploration: Roland Barthes' Fashion System offers a means of interpreting the process used to design the costumes for the ballet; Julia Kristeva and the notion of abjection through vacant clothes secures the classical tutu in an interdependent relationship with the ballerina; finally, the notion of dress as boundary and margin offers another way of exploring the ballerina in relation to her costume: as boundary, the tutu distinguishes her in her role as the princess, but in framing her body as a margin, the tutu connects her to the art of classical ballet, and to the magical world of fairy tale
As an artifact of the ballet, material culture offers a useful way of investigating the physical properties of the tutu from three perspectives, those of the wearer, the maker and the spectator, and the tutu has different meanings for each of these three. Gaining an understanding of the costume as it evolved along with the dance form through the ages of the Romantic Ballet and the emergence of Classical Ballet provides insight into the form of the tutu we see in use today in the twenty-first century. Parallel to the evolution of the ballet it is interesting to trace a relevant history of the fairy tale from the earliest oral tales to the written tales of Charles Perrault in the late eighteenth century to the translation of The Sleeping Beauty to the stage by Marius Petipa, master of the classical ballet
In entering the magical world of 'once upon a time' the princess takes us on a journey of exploration that becomes compelling and haunting in its own right, and helps to transcend previous understandings. The classical tutu, one of the most recognizable silhouettes in Western Culture, weaves an aura of enchantment and mystery around the wearer, and comes to signify the taut and honed body of the prima ballerina
School code: 0267
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 48-02
主題 Dance
Alt Author York University (Canada)
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