It is hard to come across someone on the street who has never heard of Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, which are usually associated with the image of ballet. These iconic ballets have stood the test of time, yet there remains ballets from the past that continue to collect dust like boxes of old toys in an attic. Just as captivating, these forgotten ballets don’t get the attention they deserve (one can’t help but think of that tear jerking scene in Toy Story 3 when Andy decides it’s time to donate his old toys). Even ballet dancers well versed in the world of movement, grace and elegance might be unfamiliar with our list of long forgotten ballets. We want to share with you some of history’s greatest ballets that most people have never heard of, and are worth checking out. Let’s take a blast into the past, and open the vault of forgotten ballets!
Before the vault of forgotten ballets close, be sure to check out clips or full-length films of these performances of yesteryear. For every famous and well-noted ballet production currently on stage, there are dozens of ballets that have taken a back seat, and they are just as important to the history of this amazing art form. As if spotting a shooting start under the hazy night skies of Hong Kong, it is rare to see these performances live today, so keep your fingers crossed and you might just catch a live reproduction of one of these long forgotten ballets. Until then, enjoy the wealth of dance videos online and the current ballet scene that your city has to offer.