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Influenced by the commedia dell'arte, Hilverding, experimented with drama and dance. As opposed to only using the upper body to express emotion, he incorporated the entire facility. The ballet d'action grew into prominance through his fostering of the dramatic arts. He trained dancers to move past their familiar safe places and expand their physical exploration. Remarkably, he was called to St. Petersburg, Russia, by Czarina Elisabeth. Enchanted by Russian tradition he attempted to include Russian themes into his ballets. He helped to influenced the prosperity of the Russian dominance in ballet. In 1764 he returned to Vienna and staged a piece for a young Mary Antoinette. Although, he is lesser known than Jean Georges Noverre, Hilverding was a pioneer in the development of drama and emotion on stage.
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