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Richard Ralph

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635849

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635849.001.0001

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The Barriers: From Combat to Dance (Almost)

The Barriers: From Combat to Dance (Almost)

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(p.91) The Barriers: From Combat to Dance (Almost)
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Dance Research
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Jennifer Nevile

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635849.003.0002

Renaissance courtly dancing, the art The relationships between of fencing, and military drill, have recently been much commented upon. This paper explores one particular type of mock combat - the Barriers - where the spectacle moved increasingly close to choreography, but without ever quite becoming a dance itself. After a brief outline of the evolution of the Barriers, the paper concentrates on a number of late sixteenth and early seventeenth century treatises which - rather than the actual combat - all stressed the importance of the passeggio and riverenza, that is the balletic aspects of the spectacle; and placed great emphasis on grace, deportment, foot placement, and on the need to keep exactly to the tempo set by accompanying music.

Keywords:   The Barriers, Fencing and choreography, court decorum, Renaissance spectacle

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