I stumbled upon this Wikipedia post – again, from Tumblr, I heart Tumblr so much – on the Dancing Plague of 1518, which was actually featured in the Wolf Trap-commissioned Paul Taylor piece, “Phantasmagoria.”Paul Taylor Dance Company in Phantasmagoria

Apparently in 1518 hundreds of people danced uncontrollably for hours and days at a time – usually til their deaths.

I actually found the choreography that came out of the St. Vitus’s dance plauge portion of “Phantasmagoria” to be the most technically complex and visually appealing.

And dancing to death doesn’t seem like such an awful way to go to me…