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“Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet” exudes sheer beauty as it wafts through the four centuries since the 16th talking about ballet in its various forms. ballet requires grace and imagination but no explanation or content according to the author, Jennifer Homans. She talks about ballet in France in the 16th century when politics was at its peak and revolutions, Romanticism, modernism and the Cold War were molding the country with an intellectual waveform. Ballet took its roots here and was deeply influenced by these ideas. She writes, “When the French king Henri II wedded the Florentine Catherine de Medici in 1533, French and Italian culture came into the close and formal alliance, and it is here that the history of ballet begins.” (Homans, Jennifer) Ballet literally means ‘to dance’ in Latin, and involves a number of art forms like miming, and acting within it, as a popular means of attracting people today. Dancers adorn tutus and are often trained with accompaniments from classical music. Some very renowned ballet productions include Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, Pas de Deux, and Don Quixote by the Cuban National Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Coppelia. going by the names of these productions, it is evident that ballet is considered to be a fairy tale performance, ebbing emotion into people’ heart with music and dance. (Green, A).
Many poets at the time believed that ballet was something that could save them from the chaos reigning in the world outside. they believed that ballet brought about a sense of peace and harmony because it was so wonderfully enveloped with magnificence and elegance that it could be understood both as a rational and scientific dance form as well as a divine power given by God to gifted dancers. “The idea, that dance could tell a story better than words, that it could express some essential human truth with a moral force that words simply could not convey: this was an idea that came directly out of the French Enlightenment. And it was this idea that changed ballet from a decorative ornament to the independent narrative art form that we think of today as the story ballet.