Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0465 (AF:249539 AR:143261)
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
4th Term
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The aim of the course is to provide students with a general overview of the history of Western concert dance from Renaissance to the contemporary age. The course also offers tools to understand different models of staging a dance piece and of audience response, with particular attention to ballet as genre and its transformations over time.
The student is expected to be taking notes autonomously and individually during class, and to be able in the final paper to process in a clear, organized way the content of the course, having acquired the specialized vocabulary.
No specific background knowledge is expected in advance. The student is invited to relate new concepts and information deriving from lessons and readings to the more general contents of her/his course of study, and in particular to situate the history of dance in the broader context of the history of the arts.
The course will introduce the history of Western concert dance from Renaissance to the contemporary age through the analysis of the main aesthetic currents, dance and staging techniques. The main focus of the course will be the ballet as genre and its transformations over time with particular emphasis on XX and XXI centuries.
Elena Cervellati, La danza in scena. Storia di un’arte dal Medioevo a oggi, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2009.

Selected essays and material, edited by Susanne Franco (for index and pdf see moodle: the password is provided via email by Prof. Franco)

List of videos (for index and pdf see moodle)

Non-attending students are required to read an additional text agreed with the professor.

The final exam consists in a paper of about 12-15 pages (25-30.000 signs, spaces included) that will be discussed during the orals. The topic of the paper must be previously agreed with the professor. The paper must involve substantial coverage of the texts in the reading list and of a couple of additional volumes or four articles specifically related to the chosen topic. Cross-disciplinary observations will be particularly appreciated. The paper should be submitted as a word file in its draft version (containing the bibliography and a clear structure) about 15 days before the exam in order to be revised and approved by the professor. The final version should be submitted a week before the exam. To edit the paper the student should use the file “Norme per la stesura della tesi” (materiali ISA).

  • University credits of sustainability: 6
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • E-learning, moodle platforms
  • Use of open-source software
Last update of the programme: 04/04/2018