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Les caractères de la Danse.
Choreographer/Dancer Catherine Turocy
Premiered 1983, performance 1987
Dance of the Month for 2016-2017
This Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 3-5pm
Our Dance of the Month this year will be based on a collection of English Country Dances which were brought back to the French court by French dancing masters. In 1706 Raoul Anger (formerly thought to be spelled Auger) Feuillet published a collection of 32 dances with an explanation of how to decode the notation style in which they were written which was in fact the new dance notation developed at the court of Louis XIV by Beauchamp, Feuillet, etc.
The original contredanse collection can be seen online here: Library Of Congress It would be a wonderful exercise for students to prepare the figures before the class and see how they did in their reconstruction from notation!
Donald Pauley has translated the dances to the verbal description of the dances which is more in common use today at: Pauley PDF If students are not able to read the dance notation, this may be of use.
For those students new to contredancing, please be assured that our teachers will be explaining the dance steps and patterns for every class.
Meggie Sweeney Smith will be our teacher in August. She is a member of The New York Baroque Dance Company and has recently graduated from NYU with an MA in Teaching Dance in the Professions – New York University, Steinhardt.
We will be going in order and the first two dances are La Bonne Amitié (also known as Jamaica) followed by the polar emotion, La Jalousie.
A good music recording of both of these dances can be found online: Presto Classical
We look forward to seeing you at our first Saturday of the month, Dance of the Month Classes hosted by Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn from 3-5pm. Cost is only $17.
Posted in General News on May 31, 2016 |
Our Dance of the Month on June 4, 2016 from 3-5pm at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn will be “The Submission” from 1717 with choreography by Kellom Tomlinson. Described as being danced by The French Children, it begins with a slow triple meter, shifts into a minuet (characterized by Tomlinson as a brisk dance) and ends in a Rigaudon. We intend to get through the first and possibly second sections of the dance. Leah Nelson is playing violin and Carly Fox of the NYBDC, who first worked on this dance with former NYBDC member Ken Pierce in one of his workshops, has seduced an unknown dancer into submission so to speak and they will show the class their interpretation of this beautiful notation.
1717 is also the year of Alexander Pope’s final version of his mock-epic poem, “Rape of the Lock.” Our dance, “the Submission,” was described as “a new ball dance to be had at the author’s lodgings,” and was being sold by Tomlinson first in 1717. Perhaps we can imagine Pope and his circle either dancing or being entertained by watching this dance at social gatherings at Hampton Court.
The world premiere of a contemporary opera by Deborah Mason, Rape of the Lock, will be presented in an Open Rehearsal on June 6th and then in performance June 8th and June 9th at Roulette in Brooklyn. This opera was reviewed by New York Times critic, John Rockwell, during its infant stages (not yet completed) at a City Opera series and he said” “The Rape of the Lock,” a work in progress … offered her adaptation of Pope’s text clothed in wonderfully lush, intricate and contrapuntally energetic music. For me, she was the most pleasant surprise of the series.”
He is right! Do not miss this exciting premiere with semi-staging by Catherine Turocy and filmed projections of movement scapes and choreography by Caroline Copeland for NYBDC members Carly Fox Horton, Meggi Sweeney Smith and Alexis Silver.
The opera was chosen by New York Opera Fest to launch their new opera festival!
DEBORAH MASON, Composer
CATHERINE TUROCY, Director
CAROLINE COPELAND, Choreographer
DAVID GRUNBERG, Conductor
AMY COFIELD WILLIAMSON, Soprano (Belinda)
SEAN FALLEN, Tenor (Ariel)
JUSTIN RYAN, Baritone (Baron)
KEITH HARRIS, Baritone (Sir Plume)
JACQUELINE HORNER-KWIATEK, Mezzo Soprano (Clarissa, Eloisa)
ERIKA PERSON, Mezzo (Crispissa)
CHELSEA FRIEDLANDER, Soprano (Zephyretta)
For more information and tickets,
Posted in General News on May 13, 2016 |
The Santa Barbara Historical Dance Workshop Young Student Scholarship
Outside of being a full time student at Santa Barbara City College, Alexis works at Hillside House and volunteers her time at both the Cottage Hospital and the Public Health Department. Dance is a part of her culture and as a native of Santa Barbara she wishes to share her love of dance through her performances with the Spirit of Fiesta. The Spanish Baroque Intensive will deepen her understanding of where the dances of fiesta originate. She hopes one day to serve in the health field and to give back to the community.
The Santa Barbara Historical Dance Work/Study Scholarship
A dance educator dedicated to bringing dance into California history class curriculum, Thea began her journey with a dance research project while still in college: The Dances of Early California in Santa Barbara. (Marisol Cabrera, also a scholarship recipient, participated in this project as a teenager.)
We are including a link to an essay about this project which sheds light on the early local history of some of the dances we will be studying with Ana Yepes in our intensive. We are happy Thea will be joining us and she has expressed an interest in sharing with other teachers her approach to bringing dance history into public education.
Thea is pictured here with her husband, Boris Palencia.
The Shirley Wynne Memorial Scholarship
began her dance training in Santa Barbara, California in the styles of Classical Spanish dance, Flamenco, Baroque, Ballet and Mexican Folklorico. After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in World Arts in Cultures, Marisol lived in Madrid, Spain for three years receiving her credentials in Danza Española and Flamenco. She has performed in London, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, and Hong Kong. Since moving to New York City, Marisol has received her M.A. from NYU in Arts Education from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is a guest choreographer and performing artist with Company XIV, Siren Baroque and the Juilliard Dance Department. Marisol is currently on faculty at The Ballet Hispanico School of Dance teaching Spanish and Flamenco to young dancers. She is thrilled to be back in Santa Barbara performing and participating in this year’s Historical Dance workshop.
Posted in General News on May 6, 2016 |
Thank you National Endowment for the Arts for supporting our workshop with guest artist Ana Yepes in Santa Barbara, California. NYBDC members Rachel List, Caroline Copeland, Ani Udovicki, Justin Coates and Catherine Turocy are attending and are thrilled to have the opportunity to advance their knowledge of the Spanish style. The NEA grant allows us to share our own deeper exploration of this time period beyond the needs of our own company and to the dancers of Santa Barbara and those attending from other regions of the United States. A special master class will be held in Dallas, Texas on June 18th from 2-4pm. (email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up)
Posted in General News on April 19, 2016 |
Sponsored by the 2016 Dallas Flamenco Festival, this “one time only” class will take place at Flamenco DNA. www.FlamencoDNA.com
Ana has been brought to Dallas by The New York Baroque Dance Company. After Dallas she will continue on to Santa Barbara …
Posted in General News on April 11, 2016 |
Everywhere and Forever, Mahler’s Song of the Earth is a documentary film by Jason Starr. Winner of the 2016 Whitehead International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Achievement, this film is continuing its Festival tour.
Catherine Turocy of The New York Baroque Dance Company was the movement director and production designer for the dramatized sequences portraying poetic episodes of the film referring to the Tang Dynasty. For more information and to buy the DVD lease visit the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Everywhere-and-Forever-Mahlers-Song-of-the-Earth-367381030113746/