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Dancing to the Empire’s Limits (16th-18th centuries)

Danser jusque dans les confins de l’Empire (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle)

Bailar hasta los confines del Imperio (siglos XVI-XVIII)

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Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2022


L’Espagne est un maillon essentiel dans l’économie des langages chorétiques européens à l’époque moderne. Sans nier le rôle matriciel de la France et de l’Italie, il faut donc rappeler son rôle dans un réseau de pratiques communes aux cours européennes et alimentées par leurs échanges et leurs dialogues. Or, par l’ampleur de son empire et de son influence culturelle, la monarchie hispanique contribua à la diffusion des codes et des modes de la danse européenne jusque dans les territoires de ses vice-royaumes, tout en intégrant par différents procédés d’hybridation, certaines des traditions chorégraphiques propres à ces cultures. C’est dans ce grand cadre de réflexion que se situe l’appel à projet du colloque « Danser jusque dans les confins de l’Empire (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle) », qui aura lieu les 26 et 27 juin 2023 à la Casa de Velázquez à Madrid.



PANHIFEST (Panhispania Festiva) is a three-year project (2022-2024) supported by the Casa de Velázquez and co-financed by Sorbonne University, the Universidad de Navarra, and the Institut Universitaire de France. It focuses on the concept of the festival between the 16th and 18th centuries in the wider context of the Pan-Hispanic world: Spain, the Italian and American viceroyalties, and the Philippines. Its ambition is to renew the study of the fiesta through a resolutely interdisciplinary approach that allows it to be understood as an organic whole, and as intermediary associating different arts (from dance to heraldry and architecture, via theatre, music, painting and sculpture). Beyond the aesthetic and semiotic issues which will be raised, an ancillary objective is also to reflect upon the ritual and political uses of the festival within the framework of a globalised and extended Hispanic monarchy. Finally, the entire project is accompanied by epistemological reflections concerning the way in which we can (re)construct the memory and the archive of the festival today through a cross-pollination of the contributions of various methods and disciplines (history, philology, textual criticism, aesthetics, artistic practice, anthropology).

For its second meeting, which will take place at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid on 26 and 27 June 2023, PANHIFEST is inviting researchers and artists to submit proposals on the theme of "Dancing to the Empire’s Limits (16th-18th centuries)".

Spain is indeed an essential link in the economy of European choreographic languages which, in the modern period, constitutes a real koiné while allowing the affirmation of national styles. Without denying the origins of the dance in France and Italy, it is essential to recall the important participation of Spain in a network of practices common to the European courts and fed by their exchanges and dialogues. Thanks to the extent of its empire and its cultural influence, the Hispanic monarchy amply contributed to the diffusion of European dance codes and fashions to the territories of its viceroyalties, while at the same time integrating, through various hybridization processes, some of the native choreographic traditions specific to these cultures. This second part of the PANHISPANIA FESTIVA cycle will be situated within this broad framework of reflection.

Several lines of work could be considered:

  • Firstly, with regard to the circulation of choreographic forms throughout the territories (Naples, the Viceroyalty of Mexico, the Viceroyalty of Peru, the Philippines) the following questions may be asked: How were these dances transmitted? By which actors (dance masters, companies) and media (technical treatises, bailes, theatrical prints)? 
  • An important part of the reflection will focus on the power issues that the dance may have concealed in the context of festivals celebrated outside the centre of the Hispanic Monarchy, and therefore far from the central power. Papers may examine whether there were dissident political uses of the dance and whether or not these uses came into tension with the panegyric function widely used in the peninsular context.
  • On a related level, papers may analyse the way in which dances of extra-Peninsular origin were integrated into Peninsular choreographic practices: What processes of appropriation and legitimisation were they subject to? What effects did they generate?
  • More broadly, we can look at the way each of the actors concerned looked at the dances of the 'Other', whether indigenous or Spanish: How were they described in narratives? How were they documented (in writing, in images, in the body? What is the meaning (testimonial, anthropological and political) of the hybrid practices?
  • A part of the reflection could also concern the methodology or the epistemological questions related to the subject of the festival: In which archives might we find new sources? How should we work with them? What is the significance of such research today?

Submission guidelines

Danced or performed proposals are also very welcome.

The languages of the conference will be French, Spanish, English and Italian.

Proposals, together with a brief bio-bibliographical presentation, are due at seminario.mudanzas@gmail.com

by 31 January 2023.

The organisation of the conference will cover the cost of accommodation in Madrid.

Scientific Committee

  • Anne Cayuela (Université Grenoble-Alpes)
  • Nicole T. Hughes (Stanford University)
  • Cecilia Nocilli (Universidad de Granada)
  • Héctor Ruiz Soto (Université de Lille)
  • Cécile Vincent Cassy (Université de Cergy)
  • Miguel Zugasti (Universidad de Navarra)




  • Casa de Velázquez, Ciudad Universitaria C/ de Paul Guinard, 3. E
    Madrid, Kingdom of Spain


  • Tuesday, January 31, 2023


  • danse, monarchie, circulation, représentation


  • Florence d'Artois
    courriel : florence [dot] d_artois [at] sorbonne-universite [dot] fr

Information source

  • Florence d'Artois
    courriel : florence [dot] d_artois [at] sorbonne-universite [dot] fr


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« Dancing to the Empire’s Limits (16th-18th centuries) », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, https://doi.org/10.58079/1a88

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