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Dance in the Shadow of the Guillotine
     

Dance in the Shadow of the Guillotine

by Judith Chazin-Bennahum, Selma J. Cohen (Introduction)
 

Ballet changed dramatically during the French Revolution. Judith Chazin-Bennahum reveals how the cold, stylized dance movements and weighted ornamental costumes of the 18th-century court ballets developed into the ballet of the Romantic movement, where dancers wore lightweight costumes that allowed them to flow freely across the stage and take to the

Overview

Ballet changed dramatically during the French Revolution. Judith Chazin-Bennahum reveals how the cold, stylized dance movements and weighted ornamental costumes of the 18th-century court ballets developed into the ballet of the Romantic movement, where dancers wore lightweight costumes that allowed them to flow freely across the stage and take to the air.

Chazin-Bennahum studies the livrets (printed scenarios) of ballets performed in Paris from 1787 to 1801 to illustrate how dance reflected the social and political upheaval of the French Revolution. Ballet’s main characters changed from mythological heroes and heroines to the heroes of the Revolution. She examines three major types of ballets and their sources to document these changes: ballets based on classical mythology; ballets inspired by the revolutionary spirit; and ballets rooted in middle-class themes from pastoral drama, traditional comedy, and exotic settings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809314874
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1988
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Judith Chazin-Bennahum heads the dance program in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of New Mexico. She has danced with Robert Joffrey, was principal soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, and has choreographed for the New Mexico Symphony. Chazin-Bennahum currently serves as President of the Society of Dance History Scholars.

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