Midieval & Renaissance Era - DANCE APPRECIATION LECTURE...

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DANCE APPRECIATION – LECTURE OUTLINE – WEEKS TWO AND THREE Medieval Period – Middle Ages 400 to 1400 A.D. Not known for contribution to the arts No good water/sewage/health system o Waste thrown into streets o Spread like crazy because of people living in close proximity The Bubonic Plague – The Black Plague o Carried by rats o Skin rots, lesions form o High fever and convulsions o Killed half of Western Europe Fall of the Roman Empire Early Christian Church Dictated Society o It was all about power and money o Dance, because it was physical and pleasurable, was frowned upon and even banned unless created specifically for the purpose of glorifying the Church o Danse Macabre – “The Dance of Death” – Seizures/convulsions from Black Plague were interpreted as a dance that was against the church o All arts banned: painting, sculpture, dance Symbols of death and dying abound – skulls, skeletons, black masks and black draping Dance and other artistic pursuits flourished during this time in the Islamic cultures Aesthetic elements flourish in the East, but the East did not have any power o
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  • Spring '08
  • Dragoni
  • Bubonic Plague, Louis XIV of France, The Royal Academy of Dance

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