The Dance of Law

  • Peter Goodrich
Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)


It was illegal to dance, just as it was illegal to try to take to the air. Morality saw these as forms of magic. In Europe it was believed that nature had been subverted by man, or that God had been disobeyed. This wingless biped was not supposed to lift itself off the ground, either to dance or to fly, until the day of its death, when its soul would take flight.


Thirteenth Century Christian Doctrine Bourgeois Classicism Theatrical Dance Ceremonial Practice 
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  1. 3.
    These two authors lend a tone and measure to these changes, in so far as their writings expose official beliefs on the arts. See H. Berlioz, Les Grotesques de la musique, 1969, Paris: CRNS, p. 223Google Scholar
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    Richard Burton, surnamed Democritus the Younger (the allusion being to Democritus, reputedly the traditional philosopher of melancholy), The Anatomy of Melancholy, 1638, Oxford, constitutes the best introduction to this point in the history of the Western Text. See also the extraordinary study of Klibansky, Panofsky and Saxl, Saturn and Melancholy. Studies in the History of Natural Philosophy, Religion and Art, 1964, London: Nelson.Google Scholar
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    See S. Thérault, La Commedia dell’Arte vue à travers le Zibaldone de Pérouse. Etude suivie d’un choix de scenari de Placido Adriani, 1965, Paris: CNRS, pp. 16–17.Google Scholar

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