Mime, Music and Drama on the Eighteenth-Century Stage: The Ballet d'Action by Edward Nye
English | August 22, 2011 | ISBN: 1107005493 | PDF | 344 pages | 9 MB
The 'ballet d'action' was one of the most successful and controversial forms of theatre in the early modern period. A curious hybrid of dance, mime and music, its overall and overriding intention was to create drama. It was danced drama rather than dramatic dance; musical drama rather than dramatic music. Most modern critical studies of the ballet d'action treat it more narrowly as stage dance, and very few view it as part of the history of mime. Little use has previously been made of the most revealing musical evidence.