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“A Certain Slant of Light”: Reenacting Danse macabre as Dance

“A Certain Slant of Light”: Reenacting Danse macabre as Dance

Chapter:
(p.99) Chapter Three “A Certain Slant of Light”: Reenacting Danse macabre as Dance
Source:
Strange Footing
Author(s):
Seeta Chaganti
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226548180.003.0004

This chapter reenacts danse macabre as a multimedia installation tradition by juxtaposing it with Lucinda Childs’s 1979 choreographic work Dance. The reenactment process reveals danse macabre to inflict upon its medieval audiences a disorienting multiplicity of temporal rates and passages simultaneously. It is this possibility that renders the approach of death terrifying and explains what has made danse macabre so compelling to its audiences.

Keywords:   danse macabre, Simon Marmion, Lucinda Childs, Emily Dickinson, Pardon Churchyard, Guild Chapel, John Lydgate, ductus, virtual, media

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