restricted access Choreographing Freedom: Mass Performance in the Festivals of the French Revolution
Abstract

The French Revolution generated four large-scale festivals in Paris from 1790 to 1794. The festival project housed a foundational and ultimately insurmountable tension: liberty was to be established through a manipulation of people's natural free will by means of their leaders' methodical organization. How do you orchestrate fraternal attachment without imprisoning the participants in new rules? How do you, in short, choreograph freedom?


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