The 'ballet d'action' was one of the most successful and controversial forms of theatre in the early modern period. A curious hybrid of dance, mime and music, its overall and overriding intention was to create drama. It was danced drama rather than dramatic dance, musical drama rather than dramatic music. Most modern critical studies of the ballet d'action treat it more narrowly as stage dance and very few view it as part of the history of mime. Little use has previously been made of the most revealing musical evidence. This innovative book does justice to the distinctive hybrid nature of the ballet d'action by taking a comparative approach, using contemporary literature and literary criticism, music, mime and dance from a wide range of English and European sources. Edward Nye presents a fascinating study of this important and influential part of eighteenth-century European theatre.Read more
- Takes an innovative, comparative approach, discussing theatre, mime, dance, music and literature, as opposed to previous studies of this subject which have taken a narrow view
- Presents an informative general introduction to certain forms of mime, as well as a specialised study of a specific form - the eighteenth-century 'ballet d'action'
- Provides an international viewpoint, referring to publications and stage works in English, French, Italian, German and Russian
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- Date Published: July 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107005495
- length: 340 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.74kg
- contains: 1 music example
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. The Ballet d'Action in Historical Context:
1. The voice and the body in the enlightenment
2. A revival of Roman pantomime?
3. No place for harlequin
4. Decroux and Noverre: distant cousins?
Part II. The Ballet d'Action in Close-Up: Dramatic Principles:
5. Character and action
6. Dialogues in mime
7. Choreography is painterly drama
8. The admirable consent between music and action
9. Putting performance into words
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