The legacy of the Renaissance and baroque era is a complex one. The period witnessed a variety of dancing practices and of cultural responses to them. A moral perspective prevailed and proved influential also within the legal and medical discourses. Each author's social milieu and ideological orientation influenced them to portray dance either as a disorderly behaviour which equated human beings to beasts, or as a noble and edifying practice that inserted them within a political and cosmic order. Similar ambiguity characterized the consideration of dance from the perspectives of health and law. However, its beneficial role as a form of physical exercise was rarely challenged, and any radical attempt to simply ban dancing from the civilized world was destined to fail.

Moral views on dance

ARCANGELI, Alessandro
2008

Abstract

The legacy of the Renaissance and baroque era is a complex one. The period witnessed a variety of dancing practices and of cultural responses to them. A moral perspective prevailed and proved influential also within the legal and medical discourses. Each author's social milieu and ideological orientation influenced them to portray dance either as a disorderly behaviour which equated human beings to beasts, or as a noble and edifying practice that inserted them within a political and cosmic order. Similar ambiguity characterized the consideration of dance from the perspectives of health and law. However, its beneficial role as a form of physical exercise was rarely challenged, and any radical attempt to simply ban dancing from the civilized world was destined to fail.
978-0-253-21985-5
Renaissance and baroque dance; theology; law; medicine
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