Historical Dance Symposium — CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
The Ball: Pleasure – Power – Politics 1400 – 1900
10 – 14 June 2020 in Burg Rothenfels am Main, Germany
The ball, an almost universal social phenomenon whether in palaces, assembly halls or private houses, has a multitude of historical facets.
As its name suggests, the ball is dedicated to the pleasure of dancing in various forms and styles. A special, festively designed form of public engagement, it is also a setting for demonstrations of princely power, staged rituals, painstakingly controlled etiquette and meticulous self-presentation. Last not least, political and social developments, evolutions or revolutions, are reflected in the ballrooms of Europe.
The main theme of the symposium for 2020 is the phenomenon of the ball across five centuries from 1400 to 1900.