Performing Arts in Changing Societies: Opera, Dance, and Theatre in European and Nordic Countries around 1800, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Performing Arts in Changing Societies

Opera, Dance, and Theatre in European and Nordic Countries around 1800, 1st Edition

Edited by Randi M. Selvik, Svein Gladso, Anne Fiskvik


256 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Performing Arts in Changing Societies is a detailed exploration of genre development within the fields of dance, theatre and opera in selected European countries during the decades before and after 1800. An introductory chapter outlines the theoretical and ideological background of genre thinking in Europe, starting from Antiquity. A further fourteen chapters cover the performing genres as they developed in England, France, Germany, and Austria, and follow the dissemination and adaptation of the corresponding genres in minor and major cities in the Nordic countries. With a strong emphasis on the role that pragmatic and contextual factors had in defining genres, the book examines such subjects as the dancing-masters in Christiania (Oslo), circa 1800, the repertory and travels of an itinerant acrobat and his wife in Norway in the 1760s and the influence of Enlightenment ideas on bourgeois drama in Denmark.

Including detailed analyses in the light of material, political, and social factors, this is a valuable resource for scholars and researchers in the fields of musicology, opera studies, and theatre and performance studies.

Table of Contents

1. Performative Arts between Rules and Realities: The Adaptive History of Genre

Svein Gladsø and Randi M. Selvik

2. Opera at Home: Performance and Ownership in Eighteenth-Century France

David Charlton

3. Nationalism in Eighteenth-Century German opera? – Changing Views on the Nation in two Operas of Johann Friedrich Reichardt

Mårten Nehrfors Hultén

4. Marvellous Changes – Changes within the Marvellous: Carl Maria von Weber’s Oberon as Transfer between Cultural Tendencies and Historical Discourses

T. Sofie Taubert

5. Syngespill – a Favourite or a Substitute?

Cecilie Louise Macé Stensrud

6. ‘Ce mot de Wahrheit, quelle expression elle lui donna’ – The Melodrama, its Performances and Performers in late Eighteenth-Century Vienna

Vera Grund

7. Amphions of the North – Court Kapellmeisters in the Musical Life of Sweden around 1800

Owe Ander

8. Representative Performances, Political Propaganda and the Question of Financing – The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm 1773–1823

Karin Hallgren

9. What Place for a Woman? Dancing in London’s Theatres circa 1770–1810

Sarah McCleave

10. Dance and Social Education in Early Nineteenth-Century Christiania

Elizabeth Svarstad

11. ‘Nemo ei in orbe terrarum in artibus par est’: The Rope and Wire Repertoire of Itinerant Artist Michael Stuart

Anne Margrete Fiskvik

12. Pantomime under the Aurora Borealis: The Winter Season of the Gautier Troupe in Trondheim, Norway, 1839/40

Ellen Karoline Gjervan

13. ‘Not for Pleasure Alone’: The Dramatic Societies and the Theatre Craze, 1770–1850: Their Background in the Age of Enlightenment and Their Importance for the Emergence of Private Theatres in Denmark

Alette Scavenius

14. On the Wire: Scenographing Affect at Sillgateteatern in Gothenburg around 1800

Astrid von Rosen




About the Editors

Randi M. Selvik is emerita professor of musicology at the Department of Music, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Svein Gladsø is a professor of theatre studies at the Department of Art and Media Studies, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Anne Margrete Fiskvik holds the position as Professor at the Department of Musicology, Program for Dance Studies, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

About the Series

Routledge Research in Music

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering music performance, theory, and culture alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, film, religion, politics, and science, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Dance
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Opera