Event Title

The Rise of the Cosmic Dance Among the Renaissance Nobility

Location

CSU 201

Start Date

11-4-2017 11:05 AM

End Date

11-4-2017 12:05 PM

Student's Major

Theatre and Dance

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Julie Kerr-Berry

Mentor's Department

Theatre and Dance

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

During the 14th to 16th centuries, Renaissance dance had a complex history in terms of whether or not it was considered an appropriate activity for people to participate in by church and public officials.

Historical dance research during Renaissance revealed a renewed interest in classical Greek and Roman philosophy. Subsequently, dance was viewed as a way to physically parallel the pathways of the stars, moons, and planets that were amidst the heavens. This perspective, which was introduced by Plato, provided evidence that dance was worthy of being performed by upper class peoples. The other viewpoint consisted of condemning dance as a "devilish invention," which was an idea perpetuated by early Christian sources. According to McGowan (2008), dance truly encapsulated the "political, social, and aesthetic climate of the age (p. 304)." This paper will focus on those elements of Plato's philosophy about dance and examine how those ideas were embodied, as well as hierarchy that established what dance was appropriate versus those considered sinful. This paper's significance is how it utilized Plato philosophy, applied it to the Renaissance, and to dance. It concludes by acknowledging how religious beliefs during this era will clarify why dance, at time, held negative connotations. The friction between dance and religion is relevant today.

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The Rise of the Cosmic Dance Among the Renaissance Nobility

CSU 201

During the 14th to 16th centuries, Renaissance dance had a complex history in terms of whether or not it was considered an appropriate activity for people to participate in by church and public officials.

Historical dance research during Renaissance revealed a renewed interest in classical Greek and Roman philosophy. Subsequently, dance was viewed as a way to physically parallel the pathways of the stars, moons, and planets that were amidst the heavens. This perspective, which was introduced by Plato, provided evidence that dance was worthy of being performed by upper class peoples. The other viewpoint consisted of condemning dance as a "devilish invention," which was an idea perpetuated by early Christian sources. According to McGowan (2008), dance truly encapsulated the "political, social, and aesthetic climate of the age (p. 304)." This paper will focus on those elements of Plato's philosophy about dance and examine how those ideas were embodied, as well as hierarchy that established what dance was appropriate versus those considered sinful. This paper's significance is how it utilized Plato philosophy, applied it to the Renaissance, and to dance. It concludes by acknowledging how religious beliefs during this era will clarify why dance, at time, held negative connotations. The friction between dance and religion is relevant today.

Recommended Citation

Anthony, Alyssa. "The Rise of the Cosmic Dance Among the Renaissance Nobility." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 11, 2017.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2017/oral-session-05/3