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date: 17 October 2019

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This essay discusses three key developments in the progression of dance from the court to the stage, to uncover how innovations in theatrical dance during the long eighteenth century made possible the dance in the Romantic era: first, the theatrical disciplines had a shared investment in aesthetic movement that could also be found replicated in the social world; second, with the invention of the ballet d’action, theatrical dancing could and should tell a unified story using only dance steps and gesture to express a narrative; and finally, the traditional value placed on the noble style of movement was replaced with the demi-caractère style and ultimately with a blending of the best from each of the categories of movement. This discussion reveals that the long eighteenth century was a fertile period in dance history that laid the foundation for dancing in our own time.

Keywords: theatrical dance, aesthetic movement, ballet d’action, gesture, David Garrick, Jean-Georges Noverre, demi-caractère

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