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Dancers perform a work inspired by a 16th-century medical text.

Dancing Amidst Rare Books

The Dartmouth Dance Ensemble gave a one-of-a-kind performance on November 19, 2010, at Rauner Library at Dartmouth, home to the College's rare books, manuscripts, and archives. The performance, titled "Revealing the Human Body," was inspired by Andreas Vesalius's De Humani Corporis Fabrica ("On the structure of the human body"), a book of anatomical illustrations of the human body, published circa 1543. Dancers performed on three levels of the glass enclosure in Rauner that houses some of the library's most valuable collections. Each level represented a different aspect of the human body—bones, skin, and muscles. The show's head choreographer, Mayuka Kowaguchi, DC '11, was intrigued by Vesalius's successive drawings of muscles being stripped from the body and based her choreography on them.

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