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by Archaeology Newsroom

Stage Settings and Costumes: Their Role in the Classical Ballet and Modern Dance

Dance over the centuries has gained a position equal to the other top forms of art, since it has covered the human need for expression and has played a religious, ritual role among the primitive and ancient people.In this framework, the integration of stage settings and costumes in dance has passed various phases. The stage settings, from decorative elements – signifying place and time- became functional and practical and components, suggestive of a certain ambiance. The costumes, from accurate conveyors of an epoch ended up to a plain minimalism, moving and dancing along with the performer. In the twentieth century, the role of stage settings and costumes in modern dance is to form the fertile surroundings and to offer creative inspiration to the choreographer and dancer in their performance. Marie Sallé, Marie Medina, Maria Tagliori, Isadora Duncan, Serge Diaghilev, Alvin Nikolai, Luis Falco, Jerome Robins, Maurice Béjart, the Momix are some of the choreographers and dancers who contributed their important work and daring imagination to the evolution of dance stage settings and costumers and guided the setting and costume design to their present achievements.