Baroque Bitches

beaming  believable  bigmouthed  bodacious  butch  batty  brazen  beauteous  bondable  


learn more about:


pants roles & castratos


role exchange & roleplay


the possibilities of baroque opera today


what it means to read baroque as grotesque/odd/crazy


what it feels like to be baroque


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THE WORD: in german “BAROCK”, in french & english “baroque

refers to a “rough or imperfect pearl”.


Informal usage: it can simply mean that something is “elaborate”,

with many details. Initially it was used in a derogatory sense,

to underline the excesses of its emphasis. In particular,

the term was used to describe its eccentric redundancy and noisy abundance

of details, which sharply contrasted the clear and sober rationality of the


Although it was long thought that the word as a critical term was first applied to

architecture, in fact it appears earlier in reference to music, in an anonymous,

satirical review of the première in October 1733 of Jean-Philippe Rameau‘s

Hippolyte et Aricie. The critic implied that the novelty in this opera was “

du barocque”, complaining that the music lacked coherent melody,

was unsparing with dissonances, constantly changed key and meter,

and speedily ran through every compositional device.


opera drew together all the arts into a unified whole






Theatre evolved in the Baroque era and became a multimedia experience, starting with the actual architectural space. In fact, much of the technology used in current Broadway or commercial plays was invented and developed during this era. The stage could change from a romantic garden to the interior of a palace in a matter of seconds. The entire space became a framed selected area that only allows the users to see a specific action, hiding all the machinery and technology – mostly ropes and pulleys.


This technology affected the content of the narrated or performed pieces, practicing at its best the Deus ex Machina solution. Gods were finally able to come down – literally – from the heavens and rescue the hero in the most extreme and dangerous, even absurd situations.


Theatrum Mundi – the world is a stage – the social and political realm in the real world is manipulated in exactly the same way the actor and the machines are presenting/limiting what is being presented on stage, hiding selectively all the machinery that makes the actions happen.