On Common Ground 4: The Problems of Reconstruction and Re-creation in Dance (2003)

Cecil Sharp House, London, 29 March 2003

The conference provided an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to discuss with colleagues the issues strategies, results and rationales for reconstruction and re-creation in historical dance.

The one-day conference attracted over 60 participants from Britain, continental Europe and the USA to explore the problems of reconstructing dances from verbal descriptions and notated scores, and the value of re-creating dances from contextual information. The speakers presented case studies spanning the period from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century.

Most of the papers are available to download.

Patri J. Pugliese – Dancing and fencing from the Renaissance to the 19th century

Diana Cruickshank – Theres many a slip: the interpretation of 15th-century Italian dance

David Wilson – Problems and possible solutions in French Basse Dance

Jennifer Kiek – Newcastle: an exercise in early English Country Dance

Susan de Guardiola – Quando vanno à festini: reconstructing and re-creating a social context for 16th-century Italian court dance

Jørgen Schou-Pedersen – Traditional French dances from the baroque period

Ken Pierce, John S. Powell & Jennifer Thorp – An echo of the past? Le Roussau’s Harlequin and Le Malade Imaginaire

Robert Mullally – Reconstructing the Carole

Anne Daye & Jeremy Barlow – The shock of the new: Ben Jonson’s antimasque of witches 1609