PAS DE DEUX: THE ART OF BALLET CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Padparadscha Kaewploy Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Burapha University
Keywords: Pas de Deux, Choreography, Dance, Ballet

Abstract

            The Art of Pas de Deux is a duet dance performed by two dancers, typically male and female dancers, to demonstrate their dance partnering skills with harmony and synchronization. The dance techniques represent the Artistic of Pas de Deux, a choreography of ballet, balancing, communication, interpretation and emotional story through active body movements. The three main elements which allow audiences to realize the aesthetic of Pas de Deux are the beauty of postures, the beauty in musicality and the beauty in drama.

            The Art of Pas de Deux is presented to audiences in a variety of ways, including the postures to show the potential of two dancers, the postures to arouse audiences’ emotional senses, and the communication of symbolic and abstract meanings. According to the historical study, Pas de Deux was first introduced in the Middle Ages era and has been developed until the 20th century. Most of Pas de Deux styles being presented in the present day are the intellectuals of the choreographers who have tried to educate themselves by researching, investigating, finding experiences in order to discover new approaches and create an innovation of their own individual Pas de Deux styles. In my point of view, the art of Pas de Deux is considered as one of significant performances of ballet steps which cannot be perfectly performed by a single dancer. The performance required a couple of dancers to express the synchronization in the performance. This means both dancers should have trained very hard together in order to be united, trust each other, and be able to express their emotion to audiences through their artistic movements in accordance with the three aesthetic components of Pas de Deux. The readers of this article will be inspired and motivated to apply the knowledge to develop the arts of choreography and performance based on Pas de Deux. The development might be applied to create the new knowledge of the arts of dramatic dance in the 21st century.

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Published
2020-06-29
How to Cite
Kaewploy, P. (2020). PAS DE DEUX: THE ART OF BALLET CHOREOGRAPHY. Fine Arts Journal: Srinakharinwirot University, 24(1), 125-140. Retrieved from https://so01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jfofa/article/view/229690
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Academic Article