Dance as Text: Ideologies of the Baroque Body (Oxford by Mark Franko

By Mark Franko

Dance as textual content: Ideologies of the Baroque Body is a historic and theoretical exam of French courtroom ballet over a hundred-year interval, starting in 1573, that spans the overdue Renaissance and early baroque. using aesthetic and ideological standards, writer Mark Franko analyzes court docket ballet librettos, modern functionality conception, and comparable remark on dance and circulation within the literature of this era. analyzing the formal choreographic gear that characterizes past due Valois and early Bourbon ballet spectacle, Franko postulates that the evolving aesthetic finally mirrored the political scenario of the noble type, which devised and played courtroom ballets. He exhibits how the physique emerged from verbal theater as a self-sufficient textual content whose autonomy had diverse ideological connotations, most vital between which used to be the expression of noble resistance to the more and more absolutist monarchy. Franko's research blends archival study with severe and cultural thought so as to resituate the burlesque culture in its politically unstable context. Dance as Text therefore offers an image of the advanced theoretical underpinnings of composite spectacle, the ideological tensions underlying experiments with self reliant dance, and eventually, the subversiveness of Molière's use of courtroom ballet traditions.

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