Caroso, Negri, Arbeau, Attaingnant, Holborne, Shakespeare, Praetorius, Cabezón, Lope de Vega. The main musical, military, political, and literary powers in Europe are consistently acknowledged as Italy, France, England, and Spain. The same generally applies to early modern dance history, with Germany a distant entry contributing the largest collection of consort dance music. But in dance history, Spain is nowhere to be found. Yet Spain is the only culture whose dances are found in every other culture. This lecture identifies Spanish dances like “Spagnoletto” and the “Spanish Pavane” in currently known sources, explores the reason for the past exclusion of Spanish choreographies in dance research (such as their lack of music), and, as a special treat, introduces the four surviving Spanish sources for choreographies of the late renaissance (one a major discovery) with their contents, plus mention of period music appropriate for accompaniment. Translation challenges from both Castilian and Catalan manuscripts will also be addressed to help Spain claim its well-deserved space.
This lecture is free. A link will be included to all participants in the ONLINE Festival.