Pleasures of the Dance is a concert of dance and music from early eighteenth century Europe. Drawing from published period ballroom favorites such as The Diana (which was dedicated to Princess Diana’s ancestor of the same name), The Camilla and theatrical repertoire including Les Caracteres de l’Amour, this concert is designed to reach a broad audience. Dances and instrumental music of the ball, the stage and the fair will give a vivid picture of the times.
Outreach: One month prior to the engagement of Pleasures of the Dance, local dancers will participate in a flashmob event to a mashup based on ABBA’s song “Dancing Queen.” This event will be organized by Catherine Turocy through her membership contacts with national dance organizations: The Dance Council, the Society of Dance History Scholars, CORPS and CORD.
(A mashup is a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another. To the extent that such works are ‘transformative’ of original content, they may find protection from copyright claims under the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law. A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual act for a brief time, then disperse.)
Pre-concert lecture (30 minutes)
Catherine Turocy will give an entertaining and informative perspective on Queens and other royalties of the court to whom the dances on the concert were dedicated. Including anecdotes from letters and diaries of the time, the lecture will be a real “behind the scenes” look at society in France and England.
Artists: Concert Royal: James Richman, Director and harpsichordist; Sandra Miller, Baroque flute; Cynthia Roberts, Baroque violin; Brent Wissick, viola da gamba.
The New York Baroque Dance Company: Catherine Turocy, Director, choreographer and lecturer, Alexis Silver, Meggi Sweeney Smith, Junichi Fukuda and Justin Coates.
Master classes are available and will be arranged separately. Prices vary depending on the nature and size of the class.
For more information and bookings please contact Wendy Redlinger, Senior Artist Representative, GEMS Live! firstname.lastname@example.org – 802-254-6189