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A Society for the Advancement of the Ideas of August Vestris
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Historique des activités de la Société Auguste Vestris
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Introduction française

Ce Site a vu le jour à Paris le 31 décembre 2002, avec comme but de créer un lieu de débat au sujet de la technique et de l’esthétique de la danse classique, forme d’art actuellement en passe de disparaître. Si ce Site porte le nom de Marie-Jean Augustin Vestris (1760-1842), dit Auguste Vestris, c’est pour cause. Professeur révolutionnaire du début du XIXème siècle, Vestris eut parmi ses disciples Jules Perrot et August Bournonville.

Si le lecteur souhaite soumettre par courriel un essai, il sera lu par un comité de professionnels et sous réserve de leur agrément, publié ici. Aucune rémunération ne peut être proposée aux auteurs.

Quant aux photographes, leurs contributions sont également sollicitées. Nous publierons leur nom et coordonnées.

Ces pages sont couvertes par Copyright. Les citations sont autorisées, à condition que le nom de ce Site apparaisse comme source. Toute photographie signée demeure la propriété du photographe. La reproduction en est interdite sans son autorisation.

Katharine Kanter, Rédactrice

English introduction

This Web Page was first established at Paris on December 31st 2002. It is dedicated, not in name alone, but in substance, to Auguste Vestris, the revolutionary professor of the early 19th Century, from whose classes emerged Carlo Blasis, Jules Perrot and Auguste Bournonville, all men of genius. Its purpose, is to encourage informed debate over the technique and aesthetics of classical ballet, an art form which is, at the present time, in severe decline.

When first launched in the year 2002, the Essays Section held only pieces by the author of the present Introduction, many of which had originally appeared on two Websites (ballet.co and BalletAlert), and in the journals Dance Now and Ibykus. There are now a number of papers by other writers, and further contributions are gratefully received. They will be read by a small Committee, and essays containing technical points that, not being a professional dancer, I lack the competence to assess, will be read by persons who are. Suitable papers will then be posted in the relevant Section. We regret to say that we can propose no remuneration.

We should be most grateful to photographers willing to contribute work free of charge. Their name and contact details will be indicated.

I would ask you to submit any contributions, comments or criticism by e-mail. Essays may be forwarded in any European language, including Russian ; should no translator be available, you will be advised and a solution will be found.

Finally, please note that these pages are Copyright. However, they may be quoted and extracts reproduced, provided that "Vestris" be acknowledged. Signed photographs however, remain the property of the photographer.

Katharine Kanter, Editor







編集者:Katharine Kanter