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What is the difference between classical ballet and contemporary ballet?

I have just seen my first ballet performance and I find it very interesting. I was told I watched a contemporary ballet, but it looked like the usual “classical” ballet that I’ve always imagined it to be. What is the difference between classical ballet and contemporary ballet?

Thanks
Richard

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Jasmine
Jasmine

Have a look at these two video clips of Swan Lake. The first is Classical - Rudolph Nureyev's 1966 version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG7JvpPGdEU The second is Contemporary - Matthew Bourne's 1995 version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_n-VIwgXC4 You can see the Classical style is very structured and concentrates on lifts, poise and lyrical storytelling. The Contemporary style, by contrast, is a more free form, earthy and is a shift away from the rigid lines and poses of the Classical style by allowing the body to flow and move more freely.