Cecilia Nocilli

Cecilia Nocilli

Hanna Kiel Fellow
The «Fondo Andrea Francalanci» and fifteenth century dance music: Renaissance and postmodern theory and performance practice


 Musicologist, choreologist, harpsichordist and dancer, Cecilia Nocilli is artistic director of Il Gentil Lauro (www.ilgentillauro.com), ensemble in residence at the University of Valladolid (Spain) where she has been lecturer. Her work focuses on music and dance from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, on the rhetoric of the music and the body and on Derrida’s concept of deconstruction applied to the artistic field. Her most recent publications include El manuscrito de Cervera. Música y danza palaciega catalana del siglo XV (Barcelona, 2013); Coreografare l’identità. La danza alla corte aragonese di Napoli, 1442-1502 (Torino, 2011); La disciplina coreologica in Europa: problemi e prospettive (with A. Pontremoli, Roma, 2010).

Project Summary

This project has two lines of research: the first line concerns conducting an updated analysis of the music theory of proportions applied to “misure” in fifteenth century dance treatises. The second involves a close examination of the implications of its interpretations during late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries through a firsthand study of Andrea Francalanci’s musical and choreographic reconstructions kept at Berenson Library.