MUSEUM WEEK - Dance
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Dancing, jumping, spinning skeletons that are dragging along with them men, women and children. That is the subject of the Dance of Death.
A philosophical and artistic reflexion about life and death that started in the 15th century, in a context of the One Hundred Years War and plague. In the Great Dance of Death, dead and living are speaking to each other, and one after another, from the wealthiest to the most humble, men and women comments on their brief time on Earth.
The dance is seen as the succession of characters we meet along the pages : « Nothing is man when one thinks about it / This is all hot wind : a passing thing / each of us can see it : with this dance. » (p.23)
The Dance of Death is also the moment when one is passing on. The First Dead tells us : « You shall all dance this dance […] / Dead. Rotten. Stinking. Discovered / […] That is what one shall end. » (p.2).
As such, we are all warned : « To learn to dance is natural / For every man and woman / Death is sparing none, humble and wealthy alike. » (p.1)