by Tolu Toluwani

Quick fact – Ballet is a french word, but its performance originated in Italy around 1500.

With ballerinas dancing en pointe, ballet has since evolved in unique ways for different cultures. It has truly become a performance art that communicates its own desired language and emotions on stage.

The artistry of ballet goes beyond the music and dance – It also utilizes beautiful costumes and amazing scenic designs on stage. Ballet is an interesting art that can tell a story or express a thought or emotion. The performance can be exciting when it tells a story, especially when the story is an expression of romance.

So here’s another takeaway fact – It isn’t only about the dance and its sync with the orchestra, ballet is a powerful tool for the visible expression of love. Here, the eclectic dancers become the characters of a love story. This is particularly the case in the pas de deux , which is basically a dance between two people, usually a man and a woman. This dance setting serves as centering space for the dancers to show off their hard-won technique and acting chops.

As if being clad in a garment of various emotions, the dancers communicate through the gracefulness of their bodies,  expressing thought-provoking romance on stage with no ordinary depth.

Pas de deux, featuring Mikhail Mikhailov and Ekaterina Bortiakova dancing the famous roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince.

You ask if any word is being spoken at any moment of their performance? Oh. No dialogue, let alone mutterance; only pure artistic dance in sync with musical notes, dipped in the pool of romance.

One of such love stories expressed on stage through ballet is Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. A classic story with tragedy and romance in the mix. Since its premiere at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre on March 4, 1877, Swan Lake has become one of the most loved ballet performances in the world.

Swan Lake, performed by the Russian State Ballet and Opera.

Watching a live ballet performance that expresses love can really be an unforgettable experience. This isn’t just because of its romantic nature, but because of the thoughts and emotions provoked in the heart of the audience by the love story choreographed in the theatre. Love is a beautiful thing, and so is ballet.


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