Ballet
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1. Concept

Ballet is the general term for the form of display dance, or stage dance, that was typical of early modern Europe from the late 16th century, as distinct from non-theatrical forms of dance, such as cultic, social, or popular dance. The historical development of ballet unfolded in the context of the history of European musical theater (primarily courtly). In terms of the history of material, form…

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Jacobshagen, Arnold, “Ballet”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017300>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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