What is all that dancing doing in Baroque opera?

Presented by Boston Early Music Festival
Wilbur/Colonial Ballroom, Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown 275 Tremont Street , Boston

Having recognized that the dancing found in every act of every French opera is dramatic and not merely decorative, musicologist and dance historian Rebecca Harris-Warrick spent years investigating scores, librettos, dance notations, and written accounts that together form a composite picture of operatic dancing. The resulting book, Dance and Drama in French Baroque Opera, is the basis for this illustrated lecture, which shows that no interpretation of a Baroque opera can be complete without taking the dancing into account.

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