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A leading force in the revival of 18th century ballet, challenging aesthetic conventions and bringing forgotten masterpieces to new audiences in what The Guardian has called “a whirlwind of desperately needed fresh air.”

 

Thank you to our dancers from over the years appearing in this collage: Thomas Baird, Michael Barriskill, Patricia Beaman, Brynt Beitman, Deda Christina Colonna, Justin Coates, Caroline Copeland, Seth Davis, Letizia Dradi, Sarah Edgar, Karen Eliot, Carly Fox Horton, Carlos Fittante, Jorge Fuentes, Junichi Fukuda, Stephanie Grover, Olsi Gjeci, Joy Havens, Timothy Kasper, Rachel List, Jason Melms, Hugh Murphy, Glenda Norcross, Valerie Shelton Tabor, Alexis Silver, Matthew Ting, Andrew Trego, Meggi Sweeney Smith, Catherine Turocy, Ani Udovicki, Seth Williams, Timothy Wilson, Gregory Youdan

Eva Marie Garrick, dancer and wife of David Garrick, portrait by Boucher

 

Dance of the Month: January 6th, Saturday, with Meggi Sweeney Smith! Learn these popular contredanses from the English court of William and Mary and French court of Louis XIV:  L’Amoureuse click for notation
and La Fanatique click for dance
Join us in Dance of the Month: 18th Century Dance Classes offered by The New York Baroque Dance Company every first Saturday of the month from 3:30-5:30PM  at Mark Morris Dance Center at 3 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, New York (corner of Flatbush Ave).  www.markmorrisdancegroup.org/schoollocate.cfm.

Cost: only $17 per class!

P.S. If you went class in 2017 you will remember that Meggi was expecting her child at the end of the year. She arrived on Thanksgiving Day or should I say night. Sidney is in fine health and we are so happy for the Smith family!

Or catch Catherine Turocy in San Francisco also on January 6th and 7th! 

photo by C. Andrako

Empowering the Performer: 18th century Techniques Lost and Found and Useful to Today’s Dancer
with Catherine Turocy, The New York Baroque Dance Company
Saturday, January 6
3:45-5:15pm
Class Fee: $20.00

ODC Dance Commons
Kimi Okada, School Director
351 Shotwell Street, SF
odc.dance
415.863.6606

Description:  What is our legacy from the 18th century stage which can bring a new depth to the dance of today? This class will look at basic aesthetic principles of the Golden Ratio and the Vitruvian Man and how they influenced the creation of the five positions of the feet in ballet as well as the expressive dance technique common to both ballet and modern dance forms. The class will be a physical, dancing experience using excerpts of published dance notation from the repertoire of the early 18th century including minuets and chaconnes. The theory behind the exercises will be emailed to participants in order to keep the class moving.

Public Workshop Sunday, January 7th: “Bach in Time!” a dance and music Workshop in celebration of the Junior Bach Festival’s 65th concert season. Catherine Turocy, the nation’s foremost baroque dance expert and founder of New York Baroque Dance Company, will lead the Workshop. Participants will dance to the music of J.S. Bach, accompanied by members of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, who perform Bach’s music on instruments from his time.

Time and Date: 2:30 to 4:00 pm. on Sunday, January 7, 2018

Venue: The Hofer Auditorium at Crowden Community Music Center, 1475 Rose Street at Sacramento (close to the North Berkeley Bart Station)

Suggested Donation:  $10 for adults. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Students may attend free of charge.

Description:Families, teachers, performers, and Bach enthusiasts are warmly invited to participate in this  Workshop about dances that inspired Bach’s music, performed on instruments from Bach’s time. No previous dance experience is required. Dancing is not mandatory, but if you would like to dance, please wear comfortable clothing and dancing shoes (if you have them). Powdered wigs are not necessary.

Why dance when the Festival is all about J.S. Bach’s music? In Bach’s time, musicians and their audiences would have been familiar with dances that comprised the 18th century French dance suite. (Bach himself knew at least three former dance masters of King Louis XIV of France!) Today’s musicians find that the more they learn about baroque dance, the more easily they can interpret music that was based on baroque dance forms —including many of J.S. Bach’s compositions. The meter and quality of a dance can inform the modern player’s decisions about tempo, articulation, phrasing, bowings, and ornamentation.

And for those who studied with Ana Yepes at our summer Spanish Baroque Dance workshop…

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Seven Awards in 2017!

Cast and Crew for Le Temple de la Gloire not including orchestra and chorus.
photo by Frank Wing
Dear Friends,
This has been an amazing year of accomplishments for The New York Baroque Dance Company.
 
Seven Awards in Recognition of Artistic Excellence
We won 3 prizes and we are waiting on another nomination. This recognition is for a stellar production of the modern day premiere of Le Temple de la Gloire by Jean Philippe Rameau, in competion with all styles of music and dance for these awards.
1. and 2. First prizes in categories of Choreography and Opera from Best of the Bay https://nybaroquedance.org/2017/09/27/won-first-prize-for-opera-and-for-dance/
4. National Endowment for the Arts Award to support our summer workshop in Seattle, June of 2017.
5. The Artistic Excellence Programming grant from San Jose State University was awarded to our company last month for pre-workshop costs associated with our summer workshop planning and development. Click here for more information on our workshop, Historical Dance at Play:  https://nybaroquedance.org/san-jose-summer-historical-dance-weekend-august-2-5-2018/
6. Mariel McEwen, our producer and dance camera director for Harmony of the Spheres, received a grant award from New Mexico Women in Film this past fall to attend the 2017 Pleiades National Planetarium Conference in St. Louis.
7. Supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the New York Baroque Dance Company was the first historical dance company invited to perform and teach in Cuba when political relations were good in February, 2017.
Historical Trip to Cuba
Thank you to those individuals who donated to our GiveGab campaign to help us close the gap between government funding and actual costs. We performed at the Esteban Salas Early Music Festival in Havana and taught a 3 day workshop at Acosta Danza.
From Carlos Acosta: “The joy with which the dancers have assumed your teachings will help us in our effort to create a company that embraces the whole dance, without distinction of epochs and styles, in search for a unique and beautiful result.”
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Groundbreaking Workshops
With support from fundraising, tuition and the NEA Art Works, Millicent Hodson and Catherine Turocy conducted a summer workshop exploring Nijinsky’s notations for a sarabande to music of Bach. The exploration began in Seattle then continued at the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts.
Millicent Hodson and Catherine Turocy: Conversation on video with illustrations, by Mariel McEwan https://vimeo.com/channels/nybaroquedancesbhd/241610577
Nijinsky’s Abandoned Saraband workshop at CBA consisted of volunteer dancers helping our team (Catherine Turocy, Millicent Hodson, Kenneth Archer and Claudia Jeschke with assistance by Doug Fullington) to sketch out the choreography. These dancers included: Molissa Fenley, Holly Farmer, Tyler Gilstrap, Nicole Duffy Robertson, Julia Bengsston, Julian Donahue, Caroline Copeland, Rachel List, Carly Fox Horton, Meggi Sweeney Smith, Patricia Beaman, Andrew Trego, Matthew Ting, Kaz Hiruma, Kristin Foote, Kyle Bukhari.
New Video Page on Website
We updated our website and now have a Video Page. See our NYBDC trailer, The Making of a Modern Day Premiere, Artist Spotlight on Catherine Turocy (Artistic Director) and more: https://nybaroquedance.org/videos/
Our teaching videos from our summer workshops 2012 until the present, recorded and edited by Mariel McEwen. NYBDC is first in the field of historical dance to offer documentation of class explorations into areas of interest rarely explored and now offered free to the public on our online vimeo channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/nybaroquedancesbhd/videos
The New York Baroque Dance Company
Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Planetarium, Los Alamos
… and The New York Baroque Dance Company are partners in creating a dome show, Harmony of the Spheres: Dance, Astronomy, Music and Mathematics. Click here for the full story and our online campaign:https://www.givegab.com/nonprofits/the-new-york-baroque-dance-company/campaigns/harmony-of-the-spheres
Harmony of the Spheres - Storyboards
“Mind the Gap!” …as they say in the London metro system.
 The greatest challenge to our company is finding money for general operating support. Administration, marketing and development, maintenance /updates to websites and mailing lists, costume maintenance, etc.…all these costs are partially paid by project budgets but there is a gap of $10,000. Please support our important work in Dance and help us close the gap by donating with an end of year tax deductible contribution. 2016/2017 was our 40th anniversary season. A contribution of $40 or more would be deeply appreciated. If you have already donated this fall to the NYBDC, thank you for supporting usDonate
Our Associate Directors, Caroline Copeland and Sarah Edgar, joined the company in the late 90’s as young dancers. Thank you so much for all you have done and thank you James Richman, our music director, for being by my side since the beginning!
Catherine Turocy, co-founder and Artistic Director
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Catherine Turocy_2018 Master Class

photo by C. Andrako

Please click the above link for the flyer for the Master Class to be held before the audition on January 6th at ODC in San Francisco

Audition Series_NY Baroque Dance Co 

Please click the link above for the Audition Flyer. The audition will be held directly after the Master Class.

 

This year’s workshop, Historical Dance at Play at San Jose State University will look at period dance and concepts of creativity, improvisation, “caprice” and the responsibility of the dancer/performer to express their individual style while dancing. Click link below to discover the fun!

Web Page with Information on 2018 Summer Workshop in San Jose

December 2nd Dance of the Month with Caroline Copeland, La Fee  and L’Epiphanie

What were they dancing in the ballrooms of Europe or the assembly halls in the colonies in the 18th century? Click the hot links above and get lost in the Library of Congress site offering these rare dance notations to the universe. But to really experience the dances, join us for Dance of the Month. Two contredances from the English and French courts will be taught. Learn the winding woven patterns of times passed. Jump, skip and slide in style in the fashion of the times. The class is taught at all levels.  Bring your friends and have a ball!

When: Every first Saturday of the month from 3:30-5:30PM  See Calendar for monthly class theme.

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

Cost: only $17 per class!

Who can come? This class is open to professional dancers, teachers, students, musicians, singers, actors and dance enthusiasts. Expand your circle of friends as you meet new people and learn the proper way to offer a hand during the minuet or how to cut a caper in the jig! Ages 13 and up are welcome to join us.

What do I wear? Please wear a flexible dance shoe, no street shoes are allowed in the studios. Casual dance or exercise clothing is recommended.

Can I come for one class only? Yes, please come as you like. Take the whole series of classes and learn the dance forms used by Bach and Mozart in their dance suites.

Donate to Friends of Baroque Dance in New York

Catherine Turocy and Nic McGegan toasting at the reception after the show.

Friends of Baroque Dance in New York is a new social club promoting baroque dance in the New York Metroplex

Led by Caroline Copeland, Associate Director of The New York Baroque Dance Company

Mission: Increasing the visibility of baroque dance in New York and the Northeast

Members Enjoy: 1. Discounted admission to public baroque dance events produced by the NYBDC.

2. Support the training and development of professional dancers in the Baroque style.

Can you imagine small performances in places outside of the concert hall such as the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Fraunces Tavern and Federal Hall? Then become members of the Friends of Baroque Dance in New York!

Membership dues $75 with a Special student rate $25 for those enrolled in high school or the university.

For more information and to join, please contact Catherine Turocy at cturocy@gmail.com

 

The New York Baroque Dance Company Presents: NIJINSKY’S JEUX
Saturday, October 7th at Mark Morris Dance Center

Millicent Hodson at Rite of Spring Rehearsal.
Special Workshop by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer
Dance and design team from London and reconstructors of this lost ballet
Where: Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette in Brooklyn
WhenPart I, 3:30-4:30 Power Point Lecture on dance and design elements of Jeux by Kenneth Archer, followed by cultural context of Jeux by Millicent Hodson.
Part II, 4:45-6:30 in STUDIO B, Practical class learning choreography re-imagined by Hodson
DESCRIPTION: Nijinsky’s 1913 ballet, Jeux, is credited as the first ballet performed in modern dress, the first to use the language of sport, the first to explore same sex attraction, and the first to protest war.
It depicts athletic and amorous games under threat by premonitions of World War I and it is a ballet of manners that, not unlike its Baroque predecessors, reveals social mores through codified gestures. After working with Hodson at the NYBDC summer workshop, Turocy feels experiencing Hodson’s approach to reconstruction could be a revelation to students of Baroque dance which is why Hodson has been invited to October’s Dance of the Month.
Nijinsky started Jeux in London in the summer of 1912 while on tour with the Ballets Russes. Observing artists and intellectuals in Bloomsbury Square, a pleasure garden, he developed the idea of a tennis game. The scenario is based on the artist Duncan Grant and two young women, the Stephens sisters, who were soon to be known as the writer, Virginia Woolf, and the modernist painter, Vanessa Bell.
Participants can attend both the Power Point Presentation and the Class where they will be dancing Jeux excerpts or choose to do one or the other. Participants from Part I will be able to watch Part II if they do not wish to dance.
Must Pre- Register for Class: Please email cturocy@gmail.com to register for the class.The class size is limited to 30 students.
Tuition is a flat rate of $30 whether you take one or both classes. Instructions on payment will be given after you have registered.

Please call Catherine Turocy at 214-563-8978 if you have any questions.

We are grateful to The New York Baroque Dance Company and to Mark Morris Dance Center for sponsoring this special event and rare opportunity.
Cannot attend, but you would like to support more workshops like this? Donate $30 to The New York Baroque Dance Company by clicking HERE.
Le Temple de la Gloire #1 Dance and #1 Opera production for the 2016-2017 Season in the Bay Area says Best of the Bay!
#1 Dance: “This happy collaboration between Philharmonia Baroque and the New York Baroque Dance Company took top honors in two categories, and was a contender in several others. The period ballet offered by this preeminent troupe captured our readers hearts this year, with nearly twice as many votes as second-place S.F. Ballet for their presentation of Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein”

#1 Opera: “The Philharmonia Baroque’s impressive re-creation of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1745 opera-ballet Le Temple de la Gloire was a blockbuster hit by any measure. Our review of the spectacle was a rave: “Brimming over with the splendors of this taut but lushly expressive French Baroque score; a formal but moving text by Voltaire; diverse solo, ensemble, and choral singing; poised and sensual dance; delectable costumes; painterly backdrops and projections; and for good measure a quizzical ostrich in the final act, this joint endeavor by Cal Performances and Centre de musique baroque de Versailles gratified on multiple levels.” S.F. Opera’s summer presentation of Rigoletto with best-opera-singer nominee Quinn Kelsey was the second-favorite choice.