ELEVENTH BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BAROQUE MUSIC
Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004
Dance and princely values in Renault
This contribution considers the way Renault frames the problem of armed aggression at the outset of Louis XIIIís reign. At a time when politics were pursued through violent means ó levying of private armies, duelling, aristocratic rebellion, regicide ó Renault presents a military vision of a society in which violence has been consolidated in the hands of the king and banished to the margins of a peaceful court. Indeed, I will argue that the production itself employs military technologies as the kingís artistic army worked to co-ordinate stage sets, the arrangement of the theatre, merveilles engineered by military architects, choreographed swordplay, music, and costumes in a brilliant series of manoeuvres that enlisted the grands of the court in Louisís campaign.
Last updated on 09 May 2004