Cesare Negri

(b. c. 1536)

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(b Milan, c.1536 or 1535; d after 1604)

Italian dancer, dance master, and dance theorist. From c.1554 he taught in Milan with many of his students going on to become dancing masters to royal households across Europe. As a performer, he appeared in masques and royal festivities. From 1569 he also choreographed mascarades and intermedios for royal courts, elaborate allegorical works with enormous casts. He was one of the first dancing masters to write about his art. His major work was Le gratie d'amore, di Cesare Negri Milanese, detto il Trombone, which was published in Milan in 1602 and reissued two years later as Nuove inventioni di balli. It was reprinted in New York in 1969. The largest dance manual published in the 16th century, it included detailed information on technique, choreography, and historical observation.

Subjects: Dance.

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