CELEBRATING JEAN-GEORGES NOVERRE 1727-1810: HIS WORLD, AND BEYOND
NEW COLLEGE, OXFORD
16 - 17 APRIL 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 12th Oxford Dance Symposium examines various aspects of the life and works of the French-Swiss choreographer and dance writer Jean-Georges Noverre, his contemporaries and successors, his detractors and his champions. In calling for papers, the organisers are seeking a wide range of papers on all these aspects, particularly on his influence as practised in different centres throughout Europe and beyond.
The bi-centenary of the death of Noverre presents an ideal opportunity to take a closer look at the world in which he lived and worked. Trained in Paris by the great Louis Dupré, Noverre went on to work in the opera houses of Paris, Lyons, Strasburg, Stuttgart, Vienna, Milan, and London, trained such future stars as Gaetan Vestris, Jean Dauberval, and Charles Didelot, and crossed swords with several European choreographers including his former pupils Gardel and Dauberval.
Despite Noverre's claims to be an innovator and reformer in many aspects of dance, a number of the theories that he propounded in his own writings had been anticipated by other authors, but it was he who left a mark on the history of theatrical dance which could not be ignored. By the end of his life, the French press was referring to him as 'the Nestor of our choreographers' and after his death in 1810 a flood of adulatory obituaries paved the way for a fame that has lasted virtually unchallenged until recent times.
Offers of papers (by 30 September 2009) and requests to be included on the conference mailing list should be sent to the College Officers' Secretary, Maggie Davies: maggie.davies at new.ox.ac.uk. The conference is organized by Michael Burden and Jennifer Thorp.