Structures and Metaphors in Baroque Dance

31 March 2001
University of Surrey Roehampton

Baroque-Dance-200pxThis conference focused on structure and its potential for meaning in English and French dances of the early eighteenth century. The papers examined how dance steps and phrases are assembled in the baroque style and their intricate patterning through time and space. Serious and comic dances, from both theatre and ballroom, were used as examples.

The papers addressed reading and interpretation, what the building blocks of dances express in terms of narrative, aesthetics, politics, and enactments of social order. These are issues that have resonance for other periods and areas of work and that connect directly with cutting-edge scholarly debates and the dances of today. The Structures and Metaphors in Baroque Dance conference opened up the field to a broad audience of dance research enthusiasts, non-specialists and specialists in baroque dance alike.


Download the conference proceedings here (pdf, 9.6 MB).

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Positioning Peasants – Linda Tomko, pp1-9
  • Serious and Comic Dance in the Work of F. Le Roussau, 1720 – Jennifer Thorp, pp10-20
  • Masks and Disguises: Guyot, Prévot, Pecour and Duets for Female Dancers – Moira Goff, pp21-39
  • Choreographic Syntax Denoting Rhetorical Structure: Analysis of French Rigaudons for a Couple – Kimiko Okamoto, pp40-51
  • Repeated Step-Sequences in Early Eighteenth Century Choreographies – Ken Pierce, pp 52-59
  • Some Analytical Observations – Stephanie Jordan, pp60-61
  • Interpreting Dance Structure in Relation to Culture: A View from Anthropological and Ethnological Perspectives – Theresa Jill Buckland, pp62-65

Bibliographic Information
Okamoto, Kimiko (compiler). (2001). Structures and Metaphors in Baroque Dance: Proceedings of the Conference at the University of Surrey Roehampton. London: Centre for Dance Research, University of Surrey Roehampton.
ISBN: 1 902743 40 7
Authors retain copyright of their papers.