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S. Fogelberg Rota
The Queen Danced Alone
Court Ballet in Sweden during the Reign of Queen Christina (1638-1654)

approx. 300 p., 22 colour ill., 190 x 290 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-57958-0
Languages: English
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The Queen Danced Alone: Court Ballet in Swedenduring the Reign of Queen Christina(1638-1654)is the first monograph devoted to court ballet during Christina’s reign that offers an in-depth analysis of all the extant libretti of the performances. The Queen’s highly active patronage of this theatre form, and its development in Sweden in the framework of a cultural transmission from France, are elucidated as we follow Christina in her multiple roles of promoter, inventor and dancer of the ballets.

Queen Christina of Swedendanced herself in the ballets she promoted. From the beginning of her personal rule until her abdication (1644–1654) court ballet was Christina’s privileged medium of political propaganda. The Queen Danced Alone is the first monograph on court ballet during Christina’s reign that offers an in-depth analysis of all extant libretti and performances. Based on unstudied and unpublished sources The Queen Danced Alone offers a survey of participants in the production and performances  – authors, dancers, musicians, artists – as well as the arts involved: dance, music, poetry, set design and costumes. Christina’s patronage is especially evident in the heroic motives of the ballets. Her self-fashioning through the parts of the goddesses Diana and Pallas mirrored her role as a young, unmarried and learned monarch and aimed at liberating her from the expectation of providing an heir to the throne. The praise of virtues such as self-control and chastity represented her as a superior being devoted to wisdom. Christina’s ballets supported her most important aim: independence.

Stefano Fogelberg Rota is a researcher and Senior Lecturer in Literature at Uppsala University. He has published widely on Queen Christina and her cultural patronage in Sweden and in Rome. His research interests include, among other topics, guidebooks to Rome and travel literature from Italy in the eighteenth century.

Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Musicology
Recreational & performing arts

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