TITLE

Nudes, Swords, and the Germanic Imagination: Renditions of Germanic Sword Dance Narratives in Early Twentieth-Century Dance

AUTHOR(S)
Walsdorf, Hanna
PUB. DATE
December 2015
SOURCE
Dance Research Journal;Dec2015, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p27
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The written history of German sword dance has seen a number of quaint twists. With the rediscovery in 1455 of a short Tacitus quote (98 C.E.) presumably proving the existence of the sword dance in ancient Germanic times, claims were soon made that it had persisted for millennia. From the late nineteenth century onward, nationalists and body culture theorists, each in their way, favored the idea of revitalizing an ethnic German dance form. This article aims to delineate the respective discourses, and illustrates these by portraying the choreographic renditions of an imagined German sword dance tradition by Olga Desmond and Harald Kreutzberg.
ACCESSION #
111829346

 

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