Sovereign and forgotten bodies : performing French and trans-atlantic baroques, 1581-1653
- "Sovereign and Forgotten Bodies: Performing French and Trans-Atlantic Baroques, 1581-1700" is a study of mimesis in embodied practices, images and world-making. It takes up records of late sixteenth and seventeenth-century French performances, usually titled ballets, that pre-date modern concepts of media specificity. I study texts, prints and drawings from 1581-1653 that expose silences, idealizations, and processes of invisibility in the medium's historiography, addressing figures and performances that defy contemporary conceptions of ballet. These "counterfeit, " "disorderly, " and "topsy turvy" roles have been relegated to the margins of dance and theater history. Through close readings of landmark works in the early baroque ballet corpus, I argue that the perception and unruly character of the moving body were subjects of repeated seventeenth century attempts to order and harmonize dance and spectacularity, marshaling performance towards consolidating power and authority. In this context, the notion of the orderly constitutes an ideological and political metaphor of empire and absolutism. It emphasizes coordinations of movements as political organizations of state and media, as well as modes of knowing, within theatrical dance.
|Type of resource
|electronic; electronic resource; remote
|1 online resource.
|Preston, V. K
|Stanford University, Department of Theater and Performance Studies.
|Statement of responsibility
|Submitted to the Department of Theater and Performance Studies.
|Ph.D. Stanford University 2013
- © 2013 by Virginia Kartini Preston
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC-ND).
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