Discussion Questions: Arts in the Renaissance: Bransle
What is the mood of the performance? Describe the costumes of the dancers. How do they reflect the time period of the Renaissance? What social class is represented? The Bransle originated in the country. Why do you think it was adopted into the royal courts during the Renaissance? What was the pattern at the beginning of the dance? Did this basic pattern continue throughout the dance or was it altered? If this dance is representative of Renaissance court dances in Elizabethan England, what does that tell you about the society of that time? Listen to the shouts. Describe the pattern of the shouts. What are they saying? Why do you think they chose these shouts?