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Women's Work Making Dance in Europe Before 1800

ISBN-10: 0299225348

ISBN-13: 9780299225346

Edition: 2007

Authors: Lynn Matluck Brooks

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Like the history of women, dance has been difficult to capture as a historical subject. Yet in bringing together these two areas of study, the nine internationally renowned scholars in this volume shed new and surprising light on women's roles as performers of dance, choreographers, shapers of aesthetic trends, and patrons of dance in Italy, France, England, and Germany before 1800. Through dance, women asserted power in spheres largely dominated by men: the court, the theater, and the church. As women's dance worlds intersected with men's, their lives and visions were supported or opposed, creating a complex politics of creative, spiritual, and political expression. From a women's religious order in the thirteenth-century Low Countries that used dance as a spiritual rite of passage to the salon culture of eighteenth-century France where dance became an integral part of women's cultural influence, the writers in this volume explore the meaning of these women's stories, performances, and dancing bodies, demonstrating that dance is truly a field across which women have moved with finesse and power for many centuries past.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Women in Dance History, the Doubly Invisible
Patronage and Power
Isabella and the Dancing Este Brides, 1473-1514
Fabritio Garoso's Patronesses
At the Queen's Command: Henrietta Maria and the Development of the English Masque
Professional Performance
The Female Ballet Troupe of the Paris Opera from 1700 to 1725
Francoise Prevost: The Unauthorized Biography
Marie Salle, a Wise Professional Woman of Influence
In Pursuit of the Dancer-Actress
Worldviews
Elisabeth of Spalbeek: Dancing the Passion
Galanterie and Gloire: Women's Will and the Eighteenth-Century Worldview in Les Indes galantes
Contributors
Index