Kinetic Cultures: Modernism and Embodiment on the Belle Epoque Stage (California Studies in 20th-Century Music #32) (Hardcover)

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Kinetic Cultures: Modernism and Embodiment on the Belle Epoque Stage (California Studies in 20th-Century Music #32) (Hardcover)

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Belle époque Paris adored dance. Whether at the music hall or in more refined theaters, audiences flocked to see the spectacles offered to them by the likes of Isadora Duncan, Diaghilev’s flashy company, and an embarrassment of Salomés. After languishing in the shadow of opera for much of the nineteenth century, ballet found itself part of this lively kinetic constellation. In Kinetic Cultures, Rachana Vajjhala argues that far from being mere delectation, ballet was implicated in the larger republican project of national rehabilitation through a rehabilitation of its citizens. By tracing the various gestural complexes of the period—bodybuilding routines, appropriate physical comportment for women, choreographic vocabularies, and more–-Vajjhala presents a new way of understanding histories of dance and music, one that she locates in gesture and movement.
Rachana Vajjhala is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Boston University.
Product Details ISBN: 9780520356276
ISBN-10: 0520356276
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: December 5th, 2023
Pages: 216
Language: English
Series: California Studies in 20th-Century Music