By Barbara Ravelhofer
The Early Stuart Masque: Dance, gown, and Music stories the complicated impression of hobbies, costumes, phrases, scenes, tune, and lighting tricks in English illusionistic theatre of the Renaissance. Drawing on a big quantity of documentary proof when it comes to English productions in addition to spectacle in France, Italy, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire, the publication elucidates specialist ballet, theatre administration, and dramatic functionality on the early Stuart courtroom. person experiences take a clean examine works via Ben Jonson, Samuel Daniel, Thomas Carew, John Milton, William Davenant, and others, displaying how court docket poets collaborated with tailors, designers, technicians, choreographers, and aristocratic in addition to expert performers to create a stunning occasion. in line with large archival learn at the families of Queen Anne and Queen Henrietta Maria, targeted chapters spotlight the creative and monetary keep an eye on of Stuart queens over their masques and pastorals. Many plates and figures from German, Austrian, French, and English documents illustrate accessibly-written introductions to dress conventions, early dance kinds, female and male performers, the dramatic symbolism of colours, and degree layout in functionality. With perfect costumes and choreographies, masques as soon as appealed to the 5 senses. A tribute to their colourful brilliance, this publication seeks to get well a misplaced size of functionality tradition in early smooth England.