1518, A Dancing Epidemic in the Middle Ages
In July 1518, dozens of people began dancing in the streets of Strasbourg. The dancing epidemic that lasted for several weeks caused turmoil in the community of Strasbourg and stirred such strong emotions that numerous preachers and chroniclers recorded this event in the city's history.
500 years later, the exhibition revisits this phenomenon and looks at the ways in which the city council, the clergy and the medical profession sought to remedy it. By unravelling the sequence of events, it explains the context of this particular historical episode and compares it to other cases of "dancing mania" in the Middle Ages.