Sunday, February 12th at 7pm: Fly to Dallas for a Pre-Valentine’s Day Treat and see Chamber Music and Dance from Versailles and London.
Link for more information and tickets: http://dallasbach.org/concerts/Chamber-Music-Dance
Location: Caruth Auditorium at SMU
The Dallas Bach Society, directed by James Richman, and The New York Baroque Dance Company, directed by Catherine Turocy, will present works from the courts of Louis XIV and XV in France and Queen Anne and George I in England.
To open the program there will be a presentation of Mr. Priest’s Minuet by 12 young dancers selected from a public audition in the Dallas Metroplex. They have attended a workshop offered by Ms.Turocy and hosted by the School of Contemporary Ballet Dallas which covered period dance notation, court etiquette and the minuet. Dancing Master, Josiah Priest (or Preist as his name was sometimes spelled) and his wife, Frances, directed an academy for young ladies at Gorge’s House in Chelsea.
This will be followed by Mr. Shirley’s Minuet for six dancers performed by the company. Both minuets are from the same collection of dances used in the education of young girls at boarding schools in 18th century in England and in the colonies. The Diana created by Mr. Siris for the first Lady Diana Spencer when she was only 14 years of age and The Camilla, followed by Le Carillon d’Oxfort (an English country dance published as a French contredanse in Paris in 1706) will complete the first set of dances.
The French theater dance set begins with L’Entrée d’Apolon. Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, took the role of Apollo when he performed in court ballets. The dance music is from 1681 and the notation was published in 1700 so it is probable that Louis XIV did not dance this specific work; however, it is a virtuosic solo worthy of a king’s admiration. The Chaconne de Phaeton and a Venetian gigue complete this set.
The French Opera-Ballet Project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts makes it possible to present dance excerpts from Jean Philippe Rameau’s Les Fêtes de Ramire. The concert will close with the very popular and famous Les Folies d’Espagne.
The NYBDC dancers include Catherine Turocy, Carly Fox, Glenda Norcross, Meggi Sweeney Smith, Junichi Fukuda, Olsi Gjeci and Gregory Youdan.
This concert will be repeated on February 17, 2012 in Le Touquet, France
Le Touquet, founded in 1912 and celebrating their 100th anniversary, has invited us to perform this same program with James Richman, conductor. Follow this link for details: