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date: 19 July 2019

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The question of what makes dance an artform does not appear to emerge as a pressing philosophical issue until the eighteenth century, after which time it becomes a central topic. The reason for this should be fairly obvious: it is only in the eighteenth century that theorists became preoccupied with codifying the modern system of the arts — that is, with determining which practices belong to the sisterhood of the beaux arts (or fine arts). Two figures of particular importance in this transition were John Weaver and Jean-Georges Noverre. Importantly, both of these writers were not only theoreticians, but also choreographers.

Keywords: dance, artform, beaux arts, fine art, modern art system, John Weaver, Jean-Georges Noverre

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