Welcome to "Ritual Design for the Ballet Stage"!

Emmy Noether Research Group

at the Institute of Theatre Studies, University of Leipzig 2014–2019

The Research Group "Ritual Design for the Ballet Stage" is concerned with analysing the basic questions relating to the political role and social function of European theatre dance culture of the 17th and 18th centuries, both within respective groups in society (elite and popular culture) as well as in a European context.

In dance and related music, with symbolic costumes, props, and set designs, social and national borders were denoted on the ballet stages of Europe (or neutralized in Arcadian scenes), and transcultural spaces were opened up. Although it is evident that processes of social engagement were taken as themes in stage works performed between 1650 and 1760 (but not exclusively), this ritual content of European theatrical dance has previously received very little attention in research.

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Last updated: 11.04.2016


Dr. Hanna Walsdorf

Postal address:
Universität Leipzig
Institut für Theaterwissenschaft
Ritterstraße 16
04109 Leipzig

Strohsackpassage, Nikolaistraße 6-10, Room 4.40

Telephone: +49 341 97-30 416
+49 341 97-30 417


Emmy Noether-Programm der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)