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Dance as Text: Ideologies of the Baroque Body

Mark Franko


This book presents a historical and theoretical examination of French baroque court ballet from approximately 1573 until 1670. Spanning the late Renaissance and the Baroque, this book brings aesthetic and ideological criteria to bear on court ballet libretti, period accounts, contemporaneous performance theory, and related commentary on dance and movement in literature. It studies the formal choreographic apparatus that characterizes late Valois and early Bourbon ballet spectacle and how its changing aesthetic ultimately reflected the political situation of the nobles who devised and performed ... More

Keywords: burlesque ballet, choreography, composite spectacle, comedy-ballet, geometrical dance, harmony, reconstruction, reinvention, rhythm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199794010
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794010.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Franko, author
Professor of Dance, Temple Univeristy, Philadelphia, PA