Choregraphie, ó vero l’arte di scrivere i balli per caratteri
Vault Case MS 5310
Purchased from the bequest of Howard Mayer Brown and the Brown/Weiss Rare Book Fund
This is an unpublished translation of the original French printed text. The development of a graphic notation for the dance was a major artistic achievement of the Ancien regime France. This method of notation came to be used throughout Europe and facilitated the creation of a literary corpus on the dance that permitted contemporaries to perform dances they had never seen and consequently enables modern scholars to recreate achievements in dance which otherwise would have been forgotten. This manuscript documents the spread of Feuillet's notation to the Italian peninsula. The Newberry's collection on choreographic notation complements the Newberry's rich collections on the history of script, punctuation and musical notation.