ABSTRACT

There are fourteen scenes in Jean Georges Noverre’s production of Dido and Aeneas, documented in his 1766 anthology of ballets Théorie et Pratique.1

Scene 1: As the ballet opens, Dido wrestles with her feelings of love for Aeneas. Even as she strives to release herself from this growing passion, Amour, appearing in disguised form, re-enflames her desire so that she can only think of “pleasing her conqueror.”