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Dance as TextIdeologies of the Baroque Body$
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Mark Franko

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794010

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794010.001.0001

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Writing Dancing, 1573

Writing Dancing, 1573

(p.15) One Writing Dancing, 1573
Dance as Text

Mark Franko

Oxford University Press

This chapter concentrates on the tradition of geometrical dance in Valois festivities. It investigates the choreographic connotations of the term “figure” in its complex relationship to the rhetorical figure and to the interaction of movement and pose in dancing. Historical documentation of letter dancing along with the implications that spectatorship is a form of reading or deciphering are explored. Special study is made of a heretofore neglected text, Dorat’s “Chorea nympharum” from the Balet des Polonais (1573). The kinetic principles of geometrical dance derive from an earlier courtly dance aesthetic: the Italian fantasmata. First explained by dancing master Domenico da Piacenza (c.1416), fantasmata entails a dialectical counterpoint between movement (flux) and pose (stasis), between the body and meaning, which is also found in geometrical dance. The influence of fifteenth-century Italian theory on sixteenth-century French performance is limited to the bodily aesthetic of fantasmata.

Keywords:   Balet des Polonais, composite spectacle, fantasmata, figure, geometrical dance, rhythm

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