Medieval and Early Modern Dance in the Book

Event Type
Event Description
Friday, April 5, 2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Baskes Boardroom ITW Seminar Room
Organized by Lia Markey, Newberry Library; Shawn Keener, A-R Editions; and Alison Calhoun, Indiana University

In connection with a Newberry exhibition devoted to its renowned dance collection, the Center will host a symposium focused on early modern dance and music in the book. The event will include lectures, a session with rare books, a demonstration of Baroque dance, and a performance by the Newberry Consort.

Participants: Alison Calhoun, Indiana University; Elissa Oh, Howard University; Seth Stewart Williams, Barnard College; VK Preston, University of Toronto; Shawn Keener, A-R Editions; Melinda Sullivan, Boston University. Musical accompaniment for the dance tutorial will be provided by the Newberry Consort. Co-organized with Shawn Keener, A-R Editions, and Alison Calhoun, Indiana University.



9:30 am Coffee

10 am - 12 pm Lectures and Discussion

Moderator: Shawn Keener, A-R Editions

Early Dance Materialities and the Passions
Alison Calhoun, Indiana University

Dancing Sprezzatura: Gender, Race, and Early Modern English Visions of Spontaneous Skill
Elisa Oh, Howard University

Print as Motion Capture
Seth Stewart Williams, Barnard College

Worlding Early Modern Ballets: Dance’s Transfigurations
VK Preston, University of Toronto

12 - 1:30 pm Lunch Break (on own)

1:30 - 2:30 pm Rare Book Session

2:30 pm Coffee Break

3 - 4:30 pm Renaissance Dance Workshop

Led by Melinda Sullivan, Boston University
Accompanied by the Newberry Consort

NOTE: Following the conference, the Newberry Consort will present a concert of sixteenth-century French ballads, dance music, and polyphony for lutes, vocal consort and violin band at the Newberry. For tickets and other more information on this performance, visit the Consort’s webpage here.


Running Time


Newberry Library

60 W. Walton St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 943-9090