Contributed by: Tim
Welcome to the first ever Baroque Blog! As I write this I am sitting in the Catskill Mountains after having hiked a waterfall, seen an expansive view of the Hudson River Valley from the site of the old Catskill Mountain House, and spent two weeks rehearsing. The Company has been in residence, dividing our time between the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s “Red Barn” and the River Theatre at the Lexington Center for the Arts, rehearsing during the day and discussing wildlife and dance history by night. We take turns cooking, breaking bread each day at a large round table as the fireflies light up the hillside. And as I sit here looking out at the gentle rise of the Catskills, I find myself amazed that we are taking the material we have learned in a barn to the Neues Palais of Fredrick the Great at Sanssouci Potsdam, Germany. Yes, it is amazing yet somehow appropriate since historical sources indicate that inhabitants of both places used remarkably similar bathing practices…seems there are some advantages to living in the twenty-first century!
We are introducing this blog as part of our website for several reasons: to show a bit of what is going on behind the scenes through-out the year, as a venue to discuss any early music and dance questions that might arise during our research, and as a way to communicate on other aspects of our lives as dancers outside of the realm of the Company. We hope that you feel welcome to respond to anything that piques your interest, to ask questions relating to the work that we do, and to share as you feel inspired.