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February News

Dance of the Month this Saturday, February 7th, 3-5pm
L’Aimable Vainqueur
14th century Book of Hours, Flanders
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!

Cost: $16

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
April 9-11, 2015
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.

The Tumultuous Tambourin Taught by Meggi Sweeney Smith  history3

 A lively duple-meter dance of Provençal origin, the tambourin, was often found on the French stage during the eighteenth century.  Looking specifically at Rameau’s vibrant examples, we will explore the elements and character of the tambourin as a delightful group dance. Please join us for this first Dance of the Month in 2015, all levels are invited.

Location: Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Time: 3-5pm on Saturday,  January 3rd

Thomas Hampson, baritone

Film Documentary to be aired in Germany

Link to European Broadcast Information

Just received this word from director, Jason Starr.  This is the film Catherine Turocy worked on as Production Designer and movement director:

“Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde will have its broadcast premiere next weekend on 3sat.   It will be aired at 8:15 on Saturday evening, the 22nd of November.   The name of the film is Überall und ewig – Mahlers Das Lied von der Erde.   In addition to the usual documentary techniques (interviews, archival material, performance clips) I created short dramatizations for each song aimed to stimulate interest in this unlikely yet mesmerizing combination of a fin de siècle Viennese symphonic style with 8th century Chinese poetry—the two creative worlds at the heart of this symphony.  What’s also satisfying is that 3sat will immediately follow the one-hour documentary with a re-broadcast of the complete concert film I directed of Das Lied von der Erde.  This was the 2012 inaugural performance for Neeme Järvi as music director of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.  It features baritone Thomas Hampson and tenor Paul Groves.  “

Dance of the Month Coming on Saturday, December 6th  and January 3rd with Meggi Sweeney Smith

December 6: The Simple to Complex Bourree   3-5pm
 Come join us for an introduction to the basic Baroque dance steps of the bouree as we learn the opening figure of La Savoye (1709). The second portion of class will play with these steps, their development, and beautiful spatial patterns, as they appear in Rameau’s notation of the magnificent couple dance La Royalle.
January 3:  The Tumultuous  Tambourin      3-5pm 
 A lively duple-meter dance of Provençal origin, the tambourin  was often found on the French stage during the eighteenth century. Looking specifically at Rameau’s vibrant examples, we will explore the elements and character of the tambourin as a delightful group dance.

Where: Mark Morris Dance Center at 3 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, New York (corner of Flatbush Ave).  www.markmorrisdancegroup.org/schoollocate.cfm.

Cost: only $16 per class!

Summer Workshop, Hold the Dates: August 20-25, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California

Special Guest, Alan Jones, author of Dictionnaire du desir de la bonne chere,  will share his knowledge in food, dance and music from the first French cookbook of 1738. Click below to see what Julia Child has to say about the cookbook

Fall Events


Dance Classes at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn

Period clothing is not necessary for the dance classes.

Period clothing is not necessary for the dance classes.

Saturday, September 6th, 3-3:45pm: Open House Free Class with Ani Udovicki

Soloist and teacher with the New York Baroque Dance Company, Ani Udovicki will conduct a sample Baroque Dance class to give students a taste of the Baroque. Cost: Free

Saturday, September 13, 3-5pm: Hogarth’s Line of Beauty in Baroque Dance with Catherine Turocy

According to William Hogarth, the S-shaped curved lines signify liveliness and activity: “the waving line, which is a line more productive of beauty than any of the former, as in flowers, and other forms of the ornamental kind: for which reason we shall call it the line of beauty.” Join Catherine Turocy, decorated by the French Republic as a Chevalier for her work in historical stage practice, as she explores posture, arm gestures and positions of the hands while in the action of dancing a slow air.   Cost: $16

Location: Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY



Performances in October


Monday, October 6th: Premiere of Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, ou Les Dieux d’Égypte, The last of Jean Philippe Rameau’s large-scale opéra-ballets to be revived and performed in recent times, will be performed by an international cast. Each act is directed by one of the production’s three contributing choreographers: Catherine Turocy of the New York Baroque Dance Company, Anuradha Nehru of Kalanidhi Dance, and Seán Curran of the Seán Curran Company. Conductor Ryan Brown will be leading Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus in this staged and costumed production. Twenty-one dancers are participating in this opera as part of the 250th Anniversary Year for Jean Philippe Rameau.

Performance in NYC: Thurs., October 9, 2014 – Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, 7:30 p.m. Premiere in Washington DC: Monday, October 6, 2014 – The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

More Information and Tickets

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Sean Curran Dance Company



Sunday, October 12, with the Dallas Bach Society If you are in Dallas, celebrate the 250th anniversary of Jean Philippe Rameau with a wide-ranging selection of his work, featuring renowned soprano Ann Monoyios. James Richman will conduct the The Dallas Bach Society orchestra and chorus in dances, chamber music, Pièces de clavecin, and two pieces of opera-ballet as performed at the Paris Opera during the Baroque period: La Danse from Les Fêtes d’Hébé, and the Prologue to Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (see description above.)

Location: SMU campus, Caruth Auditorium at 3pm

Dallas Bach Society Website


rehearsal for Court/Garden

rehearsal for Court/Garden

Thursday, October 9- Saturday, October 11: Court/Garden at St. Mark’s Danspace Project   Directed by Yanira Castro, this spectacle in 3 acts, Court/Garden, is a new dance and live music performance by a canary torsi. It takes as its inspiration the imperial ballets of Louis XIV’s French Court, the spectatorship of the proscenium stage and the presentation of video feeds as cultural, social and political frames of experience. CG delves into an operatic, spectacle-driven vocabulary to reflect on how power functions in contemporary theatrical images from the fashion runway to the creation of cultural icons.
Catherine Turocy conducted an intense workshop for the dancers and choreographer/director Yanira Castro as a kick-off for their exploration into this period. Turocy has also been acting as the historical consultant on this contemporary work and stands in admiration of the collaboration directed by Castro.
To watch a short video about the early part of our process at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, please visit: https://vimeo.com/83345700

Court/Garden Flyer

Catherine Turocy

Catherine Turocy

La Danse by Adolphe -William Bouguereau reflects the importance of dance in French culture.  His portrait of Mademoiselle Martha Hoskier hangs in the museum at Santa Barbara. She is beautifully dressed in the painting and one wonders what she must have looked like while dancing.  Join our faculty and students from the Santa Barbara Historical Dance Weekend Plus as we dance our way through time, linking the eras of the dances and the paintings to give a more physical understanding of the shared aesthetics between popular and high culture.


This free event offered at noon is co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the New York Baroque Dance Company funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. DIRECTIONS

Link to Opera

Artists: Carolyn Sampson, Chantal Santon, Tassis Christoyannis, Mathias Vidal, Alain Buet, Choir and Orchestra Concert Spiritual, dir. Hervé Nique

Mathias Vidal is our Pygmalion on this album with James Richman conducting!


Listen to Pygmalion!

Spring Series: The Baroque “Mouvement”

Gregory Youdan and Meggi Sweeney Smith

Gregory Youdan and Meggi Sweeney Smith

Come join in this three-part workshop, taught by Meggi Sweeney Smith, soloist and teacher for the New York Baroque Dance Company (NYBDC), and discover the movement of your Baroque dancing body.

Whether you are a

* Dancer looking to expand your stylistic range and understanding of where our modern forms began, a

* Historian, costumer, or archivist looking to bring your interests to life, or a

* Musician, actor or teacher hoping to experience the music of the body and enhance your own form,

…this class will offer a look at the Baroque culture and society and how its ideologies were embodied through the art form of dance.

Dates: March 15, April 26, and May 10

Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Location: Moving Visions Dance Studio 19 Murray Street, 3rd Floor (between Broadway and Church Street) New York, NY 10007

In Tribeca near 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, R, A and E trains

Cost: 3, 2-hour class Special – $60 for the full workshop ($20 per class reduced price)

Drop in price – $25 per class

(Pay by check or cash on first day)

Clothing: Please wear clothing that you can comfortably move in and bare feet or soft-soled shoes.

Day 1: Baroque Ideologies through the Dancing Body (March 15)

This introductory class will explore the foundations upon which this form was built, while using the other art mediums of the time to enhance our views of the movement. Participants will learn the most common Baroque steps and arm gestures and discover the rhythmic beauty when paired with Baroque music. We will explore the various social settings in which this form existed and finish with a joyous contra dance for all.

Day 2: Baroque Ornamentation and Spatial Architecture (April 26)

This second class will include a review of the foundations and then introduce the numerous variations that ornament the dance of this period. The second portion of this class will become an investigation of the spatial architecture of our Baroque body, both in the breath and space within the performer, as well as the external floor patterns and relationships that are so clearly refined in the beauty of these forms.

Day 3: Couple Dancing and Courtship in the Baroque Period (May 10)

This final class will begin with a warm-up of the dancing body and introduce some figures from the couple dances of the time. We will then shift our focus to the minuet steps and embrace the flirtatious courtship of this dance when it is paired with the secret fan and handkerchief language.

Questions about this workshop? Please contact Meggi Sweeney Smith at dance@meggisweeney.com

Richard Powers

Richard Powers

Richard Powers is giving a special focus to Regency Dance in addition to his Vintage Dance classes.



Bruno Benne is coming from France to teach period reconstructions as well as his innovative New Baroque contemporary choreography.

Bruno Benne



Catherine Turocy

Catherine Turocy

Catherine Turocy will be teaching Feuillet notation, period choreography and a Quadrille from late 18th century Versailles celebrating Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire.


Please join us at UCSB on June 27th for the Opening Ball celebrating all time periods.  Click here for more information!

Artist: Lagrenee

Artist: Lagrenee

Step into John Weaver’s The Loves of Mars and Venus as performed in London at the Drury-Lane Theatre (1717) in this two hour session exploring the challenges in reconstructing the pantomime from Weaver’s writings.

 Caroline Copeland, celebrated dancer known for her dramatic talents, will lead this special Dance of the Month Class at the Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Time: 3-5pm


Register now for our Santa Barbara Historical Dance Weekend, Weekend Plus where classes like the one above are offered as well as classes in specific dances ranging from 1588 to the 21st century:  Click Here!