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5th Historical Dance Symposium
Burg Rothenfels am Main
10 - 14 June 2020

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The Ball
Pleasure - Power - Politics
1600 - 1900

The ball, an almost universal social phenomenon whether in palaces, assembly halls or private houses, has a multitude of historical facets.
As its name suggests, the ball is dedicated to the pleasure of dancing in various forms and styles. A special, festively designed form of public engagement, it is also a setting for demonstrations of princely power, staged rituals, painstakingly controlled etiquette and meticulous self-presentation. Last not least, political and social developments, evolutions or revolutions, are reflected in the ballrooms of Europe.
The main theme of the symposium is the phenomenon of the ball across three centuries from 1600 to 1900.