Transmitting Passione: Emio Greco and the Ballet National de Marseille

Sarah Pini*, John Sutton

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This work addresses the case of the Ballet National de Marseille (BNM) and the 2017 re-creation of the piece Passione by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten.
This study, informed by a phenomenological approach, adopts ethnographic methods including participant observation, in-depth interviews and one researcher’s direct involvement with the practices of enculturation and enskillment in this dance form. It investigates how the dancers of the Ballet National de Marseille articulate their diverse forms of agency in relation to the choreographer’s artistic vision and demands. By looking at the specific case of the BNM staging of Passione, we can isolate some significant features of Contemporary Ballet’s trajectory as an emergent dance genre on the edge between innovation and tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780190871499
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Dance
  • Dance research
  • Ethnography
  • Choreography
  • Enculturation
  • Phenomenology
  • Cognitive Dance Studies
  • Ethnographic fieldwork
  • Phenomenology of the Body

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