Re: ballet in cyberspace

Lisa Marie Naugle (
Tue, 20 May 1997 12:42:34 -0700 (PDT)


It seems I've jumped into a thread that has been going for a while....I
haven't had a chance to read all my mail recently.

I've seen Lieforms choreography from a ballet choreographer. I will try to
find out his name and send it to you.

>Thank you for all your responses to my question regarding ballet and the
>I was a prima ballerina, taught, choreographed and now I write about it.
>My questions regarding ballet come from participating in it and now
>looking at it as an art form and wondering where it is going to go to
>survive. I don't think we can look at Swan Lake whether it is done by
>females or males forever. Ballet has to be brought into the 21st
>century. Most artistic directors I talk to think ballet is going through
>a transitory period and will eventually merge with modern in some form
>to go forward. (forward in this sense choreographically)
>I feel modern is way ahead of the game on going forward. Modern dancers
>inherently explore. Ballet dancers do not. Ballet many times looks
>backward to go forward. And it seems that when ballet feels it is going
>forward it is really just doing modern dancing with pointe shoes on-- a
>modern ballet. I have not heard of ballet incorporating LifeForms to
>choreograph. Computers and I may be wrong on this are used only for
>stage production, music, lighting, etc. Nothing like what is happening
>at Troika Ranch.
>As to why I think modern is more hip than ballet in computers it is for
>that reason, that ballet dancers and professors of ballet that I know do
>not know how to access the internet, don't use, communicate on it and
>reluctantly regard it as useful.
>Once again, you have all made good points and I would appreciate doing
>interviews for my newsletter even small ones that I could combine as to
>your ideas regarding dance and the computer.
>Cynthia Roses-Thema

Lisa Naugle, Ph.D Candidate
New York University
Music and Performing Arts Professions
Dance Program
New York:(212)604-4163
Canada: (604) 731-8385
Fax: (604) 731-0128
Researching at Simon Fraser University
School of Contemporary Arts