Dance is one of the oldest cultural assets of the world and represents one of the first forms of communication. Between 1400 and 1900, it had a special meaning, because dance was considered a social and personality formative. In particular, the choreographies, the measures and the control of affects were understood as instruments for socialization and moralizing.
In this paper the connections of noble dance and absolute perfection in the mathematical as well as aesthetic sense, the question of the measure and the role of the dance practice on any forms of affect control shall be discussed. This debate will be based on theorems of the Early Modern Period and recent considerations from the systematic field of research as such.
Uta Dorothea Sauer
Uta Dorothea Sauer studied Musicology, History, Social Science and
Psychology at the Technische Universität Dresden. Between 2008 and
2017 she was part of the team at the Institute of Arts and Social
Science of the TU Dresden. In 2017, she completed her doctoral thesis
‘Dance and Representation. Power Images in the Ballet de cour of the
Wettins and their alliances in German speaking area 1600-1720’. She is
currently working as postdoc researcher dealing with the topic ‘The
Social Relevance of Dance‘.
She also worked for the Institute of Saxonian History and
Cultural Anthropology, the Early Music Research Centre ‘Musikschätze aus Dresden’, the Saxonian Vocal Ensemble, the Dresdner Kreuzchor, the European Center for the Arts Dresden and she was organizing the revival of the
opéra ballet ‘Les Quatre Saisons’ at Festival Dresden 800 in 2006.
Furthermore she is a dancer in the Baroque dance Company Dresdner
Hoftanz lead by Ingolf Collmar.