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The Grotesque Dancer on the Eighteenth-Century Stage
Gennaro Magri and His World
Edited by Rebecca Harris-Warrick and Bruce Alan Brown

Studies in Dance History

Lynn Garafola, Series Editor


"Indispensable to the dance historian and practitioner of early dance."
—Marion Smith, University of Oregon

Italian ballet in the eighteenth century was dominated by dancers trained in the virtuoso style that combined French ballet technique with a vigorous
athleticism that made Italian dancers in demand all over Europe. Gennaro Magri's Trattato teorico-prattico di ballo, the only work from the eighteenth century that explains the practices of midcentury Italian theatrical dancing, is a starting point for this investigation of an influential type of ballet and its connections to the operatic and theatrical genres of its day. Illustrations, music examples, and dance notations supplement the text.


Rebecca Harris-Warrick is professor of music at Cornell University. Bruce Alan Brown is professor of music history at the University of Southern California.

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cover of The Grotesque Dancer is illustrated with a period illustration of Grotesque dancing on an exotic stage set with palm trees, arab tents and ruins

February 2005

LC: 2004007796 GV
384 pp. 7 x 10
26 drawings, 9 tables, 2 b/w photos

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ISBN 978-0-299-20354-2
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