Jump to content
This Site Uses Cookies. If You Want to Disable Cookies, Please See Your Browser Documentation. ×

In search of...

Recommended Posts

Okay... this is not technically a ballet question, and maybe it really belongs on the sister site, but I thought perhaps one of the dance history buffs who haunt/enrich this forum might have some clues for me...

I believe in dance history class, I was once lectured that Histrionics were a codified set of gestures for 19th century actors... and think I was shown some slides depicting the histrionic gesture for say "wrath", "despair"... or some such thing...

Now I'd like to find a book on the topic, but googling seems to only bring up the now dominant "over-acting" meaning of the word "histrionics" or alternatively discussions of some sort of pychological histrionic disorder.

Any suggestions of keyword combinations that might help pull something up? Or better yet a book title?

Link to comment

A considerable bit of further prying of the internet, and I think what I'm looking for is a manual of Delsarte gestures... (which I now have some leads on)..

Thought I'd respond to my own post, in case anyone was following this thread.

Wikipedia on Delsarte: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Delsarte

I think I remember poses from Ivan Nagy's staging of Giselle that almost quote some of the illustrations at the bottom of the page... particularly the "mourning" one... but I'm not sure.


Link to comment
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...