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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
Author: Rebecca Harris-Warrick - Bruce Alan Brown
ISBN 13: 9780299203542
ISBN 10: 299203549
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 2005-03-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $35.00
 
 

The grotesque dance of the Italian theater combined the tradition of ballet with advanced athleticism, producing a very popular form of performance. In these nine articles, contributors examine how this form of dance developed and how Gennaro Magri, its foremost choreographer and skilled practitioner, devoted his career to it. Topics include the rise of the Grotteschi in the Italian theater of the eighteenth century, Magri's work as a dancer, his apprenticeship as a choreographer, and his defense of the form in Naples, the international elements of dance training at the time, the steps and gestures of grotesque dancing, and the practicalities of putting to gather a pantomime ballet in the Grotteschi manner. Appendices give scenarios, tabulations of companies, and examples of the Grotteschi life and work. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR