February 4, 2015 by Catherine Turocy
Dance of the Month this Saturday, February 7th, 3-5pm
14th Century, Book of Hours, Flanders,
thank you Valerie Eads!
Anticipating Valentine’s Day, Ani Udovicki will be teaching phrases of this popular loure at our Dance of the Month class this coming Saturday.
Catherine Turocy will speak briefly on the dance’s inclusion in one of the first published French cookbooks from 1738 and Jude Ziliak will accompany the dance lesson on Baroque violin.
Bring your Valentine to class and make this a Valentine Week!
Location: Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
iTunes: The New York Baroque Dance Company Now Available on Digital Download
Baroque Dance Unmasked
The dancers and I are excited to join 21st century technology. Let us delight you with this “behind the scenes” look at bringing a production to life. The work involved is common to all time periods and branches of the performing arts. We are happy to make this documentary available at a discounted price to individuals for only $7.99.
Rare Opportunity to study with Catherine Turocy
in Europe, Centro Coreográfico Galego
La Coruña, Spain
Dates: April 9-10 -11 from 10am to 3pm
Tuition: This workshop, assisted by the town government, is only 45 euros.
Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director of The New York Baroque Dance Company and Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, continues to develop ideas of interpretation and performance practice in 17th and 18th century dance. Bringing her vision to the present, most recently she has worked with L.A. Dance Project, the experimental company of Benjamin Millepied, Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, in exploring the origins of theatrical dance and application of period concepts to contemporary creations.
Eager to share her experience and ideas, classes will cover the knowledge of themask in period performance, the use of cosmography theory in the dancing body of 17th century France, the expressive gesture and attitudes basic to early dance performance style and interpreting period dance notation.
Her own dancing, period reconstructions and choreographies are recognized by both colleagues and the press as being true to the aesthetic of the period without looking stiff or mechanical. She has achieved this through her unique teaching style developed over the past 40 years on professional dancers in her own company and in the field at large.
“My goal,” says Turocy, “is to inspire dancers on their own path in working with history. The ideal relationship with dance and with historical dance is one where the inner gifts of the individual are released into the form.”
If you live in Europe, or you were thinking of visiting Europe, do not miss this opportunity to study with a Master Teacher in 17th and 18th century dance performance.
Baroque Dance Makes the Cover of French Dance Magazine
Even if you do not read French, browse through the photos of this exciting edition where Baroque is featured along with Lucinda Childs, Beyonce and Lady Gaga. Sarah Edgar, Associate Director of The New York Baroque Dance Company, and Bruno Benne, guest artist at our 2013 and 2014 Santa Barbara workshops are interviewed. It is interesting to read the French perspective through Bruno’s comments on the value of Turocy’s approach to Baroque dance performance.