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

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The Grotesque Dancer on the Eighteenth-Century Stage
Gennaro Magri and His World
Edited by Rebecca Harris-Warrick and Bruce Alan Brown
Studies in Dance History, Lynn Garafola, Series Editor
"Indispensable to the dance historian and practitioner of early dance."
—Marion Smith, University of Oregon

Italian ballet in the eighteenth century was dominated by dancers trained in the 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 this investigation of an influential type of ballet and its connections to the operatic and theatrical genres of its day. Illustrations, music examples, and dance notations supplement the text.

Rebecca Harris-Warrick is professor of music at Cornell University.

Bruce Alan Brown is professor of music history at the University of Southern California.

"The essays contained in this volume are fresh, both in feel and in scholarly content . . . a ‘must have’ for anyone working in opera, theatre, and dance in the eighteenth century."—Michael Burden, New College, University of Oxford

"This book is exceptionally important for its description of the grotesque style of dance which is virtually never discussed in other contemporary dance manuals."—Elizabeth Aldrich, director of the Dance Heritage Coalition

Title: The Grotesque Dancer on the Eighteenth-Century Stage
Gennaro Magri and His World
Edited by Rebecca Harris-Warrick and Bruce Alan Brown
Pub Date: March 2005
384 pp. 7 x 10
26 drawings, 9 tables, 2 b/w photos
ISBN 978-0-299-20354-2 (paper) $35.00

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