Choreonarratives, a collection of essays by classicists, dance scholars, and dance practitioners, explores the uses of dance as a narrative medium. Case studies from Greek and Roman antiquity illustrate how dance contributed to narrative repertoires in their multimodal manifestations, while discussions of modern and contemporary dance shed light on practices, discourses, and ancient legacies regarding the art of dancing stories.
Benefitting from the crossover of different disciplinary, historical, and artistic perspectives, the volume looks beyond current narratological trends and investigates the manifold ways in which dance can acquire meaning, disclose storyworlds ranging from myths to individual life-stories, elicit the narratees’ responses, and generate powerful narratives of its own. Together, the eclectic approaches of
Choreonarratives>/i> rethink dance’s capacity to tell, enrich, and inspire stories.
Contributors are Sophie M. Bocksberger, Iris J. Bührle, Marie-Louise Crawley, Samuel N. Dorf, Karin Fenböck, Susan L. Foster, Laura Gianvittorio-Ungar, Sarah Olsen, Lucia Ruprecht, Karin Schlapbach, Danuta Shanzer, Christina Thurner, Yana Zarifi-Sistovari, Bernhard Zimmermann
Laura Gianvittorio-Ungar (PhD 2008, Palermo) is postdoctoral researcher in Classics at the University of Vienna/Austrian Academy of Sciences. She works on ancient Greek and Roman performance cultures and runs the project “Aeschylus’ narrative drama”, sponsored by the FWF-Austrian Science Fund.
Karin Schlapbach (PhD 2001, Zurich) is professor of Classics at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). She is the author of
The Anatomy of Dance Discourse (OUP 2018). Her current research focuses on physical aspects of literary production in Graeco-Roman antiquity.
List of Figures Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Narratives in Motion Laura Gianvittorio-Ungar and Karin Schlapbach
Part 1 Dance as Medium of Narration
Dance and Narrative in Greek Comedy Bernhard Zimmermann
Narrative Dance: Imitating Ēthos and Pathos through Schēmata Sophie M. Bocksberger
Making Sense: Dance in Ancient Greek Mystery Cults and in Acts of John Karin Schlapbach
A Dancer’s Discourse: Noé Soulier Choreographs Virginia Woolf Lucia Ruprecht
Narrating Neoptolemus: Dance and Death in Euripides’ Andromache Sarah Olsen
Salome’s Dance: Heads and Bodies between Narrative and Intertextuality Danuta Shanzer
Dancing Life Stories: Embodied Auto-bio-narratives Christina Thurner
Part 3 Translations and Reenactments
Generic Transformations: Dancing Shakespeare from the 18th to the 21st Century Julia I. Bührle
Gesture as a Means for Portraying Characters in Viennese Mid-18th-century Ballet Karin Fenböck
The Ballets Russes and the Greek Dance in Paris: Nijinsky’s Faune, Fantasies of the Past, and the Dance of the Future Samuel N. Dorf
Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Adapting Euripides’ Hippolytos, as Indonesian Dance Drama Yana Zarifi-Sistovari
The Fragmentary Monumental: Dancing Female Stories in the Museum of Archaeology Marie-Louise Crawley
Epilogue Susan Leigh Foster
Specialists/students in Classics interested in Greek and Roman performance culture and its reception; specialists/students in Performance and Dance Studies interested in ancient and modern dance history and re-enactment.