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The international Historical Dance Symposium
Burg Rothenfels am Main


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Under the motto "research dance - dance research", dancers, lovers of dance and scholars from all over the world come together to discuss, dance, gain inspiration and make new contacts.

        • Lectures present the current state of research.
        • Workshops give an opportunity to try out new dance styles and reconstructions.
        • Compact performances show current artistic interpretations.
        • Dance evenings and a celebratory ball provide a diversity of new contacts.
        • Sharing life together in the castle enables intensive days of encounter.

Current information:

ActaLaurisActaLauris, a Spanish online journal specialised on various aspects of the Renaissance culture has published a new call for papers. The upcoming issue is dedicated to Barbara Sparti (1932 - 2013) one of the most influential researchers in 15th- and 16th-century dance. After our last symposium in 2016 dedicated to Barbara, we are happy to see that various other organisations continue the efforts to keep the memory of her and her research alive.

For further information see

Tanzmeister StaendebuchAnniversary year 2017

300 years after the publication of Gottfried Taubert's "Rechtschaffener Tantzmeister", the most important treatise on dance in German speaking countries, two outstanding conferences are going to celebrate this event:

Paris, 5 - 8 September 2017:

La danse francaise en Allemagne et son enseignement au début du XIIIe siècle

Autour du "Parfait Maitre à danser (Rechtschaffener Tantzmeister) de Gottfried Taubert (Leipzig 1717)

→ Download Invitation and Call for Papers for the conference in Paris

Leipzig, 20 - 23 September 2017:

International Symposium:
Gottfried Taubert's "Rechtschaffener Tantzmeister" (Leipzig 1717)
Contexts - Readings - Practices

hosted by the Institut für Theaterwissenschaft der Universität Leipzig at the Musikinstrumentenmuseum der Universität Leipzig


→ Download Invitation and Call for Papers for the conference in Leipzig

DSC02169 bearb1klAn extremely intensive week lies behind us. Truly heart-felt thanks go to all contributors and participants, who once again enabled this conference to become a wonderful experience".

For your diary:
Our 5th Symposium for Historical Dance: 10-14 June, 2020

GalliardIn a short while our Historical Dance Symposium is going to start for the fourth time since 2004. Due to some changes in our list of speakers, we have adapted our programme. Here you can find the updated list of the various contributions.

Stilleben Hartford aus1Come and follow Alan Jones into the kitchens of the Este court in 16th-century Ferrara, where famous cooks not only noted delicous meals and extravagant "collazioni" but provided valuable information about the practical organisation of balls and danced interludes. Buon appetito!