The Grotesque Dancer on the Eighteenth-Century Stage: Gennaro Magri and His World

The Grotesque Dancer on the Eighteenth-Century Stage: Gennaro Magri and His World

by Rebecca Harris-Warrick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299203549

ISBN-13: 9780299203542

Pub. Date: 11/15/2004

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

    Italian ballet in the eighteenth century was dominated by dancers trained in the style known as "grotesque"—a virtuoso style that combined French ballet technique with a vigorous athleticism that made Italian dancers in demand all over Europe. Gennaro Magri’s Trattato teorico-prattico di ballo, the only work from the eighteenth…  See more details below

Overview

    Italian ballet in the eighteenth century was dominated by dancers trained in the style known as "grotesque"—a virtuoso style that combined French ballet technique with a vigorous athleticism that made Italian dancers in demand all over Europe. Gennaro Magri’s Trattato teorico-prattico di ballo, the only work from the eighteenth century that explains the practices of midcentury Italian theatrical dancing, is a starting point for investigating this influential type of ballet and its connections to the operatic and theatrical genres of its day.
    The Grotesque Dancer on the Eighteenth-Century Stage examines the theatrical world of the ballerino grottesco, Magri’s own career as a dancer in Italy and Vienna, the genre of pantomime ballet as it was practiced by Magri and his colleagues across Europe, the relationships between dance and pantomime in this type of work, the music used to accompany pantomime ballets, and the movement vocabulary of the grotesque dancer.  Appendices contain scenarios from eighteenth-century pantomime ballets, including several of Magri’s own devising; an index to the step-vocabulary discussed in Magri’s book; and an index of dancers in Italy known to have performed as grotteschi.  Illustrations, music examples, and dance notations also supplement the text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299203542
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
11/15/2004
Series:
Studies in Dance History Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1Eighteenth-century Italian theatrical ballet : the triumph of the Grotteschi15
2Gennaro Magri : a grotesque dancer on the European stage33
With "chronology of Magri's career"47
3Magri in Vienna : the apprenticeship of a choreographer62
4Magri in Naples : defending the Italian dance tradition91
5International elements of dance training in the late eighteenth century109
6Magri's Grotteschi151
7The French connection173
8Steps, gestures, and expressive dancing : Magri, Ferrere, and John Weaver199
9Putting together a pantomime ballet231
App. 1Grotteschi in Italy, 1750-1800 : a preliminary tabulation279
App. 2Scenarios of selected ballets performed in Northern Italian theaters294
App. 3Gumpenhuber's descriptions of ballets performed in the Karntnertortheater during 1759312
App. 4Scenarios of selected ballets performed at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples320
App. 5Selected ballet scenarios from three theaters in Paris337
App. 6Table of contents of Magri's Trattato343
App. 7Steps, other dance terms, and people in Magri's Trattato, part I347

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