ELEVENTH BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BAROQUE MUSIC

Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004


Abstract

Kate van Orden (USA)

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