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Dear Students,

The faculty and I thank you for your support and interest in our vision of offering a multi-era dance workshop mixing popular and theatrical styles with lectures, discussions and an evening dance party. We are passionate about our vision and hope to see you at the workshop next summer. We are currently in discussion with UCSB about June 29, 30, July 1, 2012.


Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director

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Review Excerpts for Armide

The New York Baroque Dance Company Review Excerpts for Armide by Gluck Performed at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, February 1 and 3, 2010 with Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Ryan Brown

”Much of the credit for the success of this performance should go to its choreographer, Catherine Turocy. Whether the dancing was in any way similar to how it was originally performed is unknown. Ms. Turocy in her notes states that no surviving period dance notation scores are extant for the dances in Armide. (more…)

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Drottingholm! ~ by Sarah Edgar

The set for the end of Act III (minus the statue of Mars that rises out of the floor)


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Update from Sarah Edgar

I am pleased to announce my new performance group in Cologne: The Punks Delight! It is an experimental company playing with dance and music history to make new forms for today’s audience.

Our debut Cologne performance was at the Arkadas Theater/ Bühne der Kulturen on February 4th and 5th, 2009.

Check out our website– www.thepunksdelight.com

Best Wishes,
Sarah Edgar

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From Catherine Turocy
Photo by C.Andrako

As choreographer for this work I tried to imagine the first performance of Dido and Aeneas at a girl’s school in Chelsea in 1689. I thought of the freshness of youth and the excitement of the young ladies on the cusp of womanhood as they portrayed the tragic story of Dido. Their dance training was intended to prepare them not for the stage, but for society where they were expected to dance a graceful minuet. They also studied the art of declamation and gesture. (more…)

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Riot Report Photos

 This is the information from Chris Woltmann about seeing all the photos and obtaining copies for private use. (more…)

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Riot Report

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

What a delight it was to see you at the ball last Saturday evening! I enjoyed the masks, the costumes, the cocktail attire (especially Lady Riot’s dressed wig, she assured me no animals were harmed in the creation of her rooster regalia) and the general air of amusement and good fellowship. I promised you a few more details about the dances and here they are! (more…)

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Catherine Turocy stage directed Handel’s opera. ORLANDO, for the Goettingen Handel Festival in Germany. With sold out houses and unending applause, this production may have future appearances in Europe. We will keep you informed! Bonnie Kruger is the costume designer and this is one of her sketches for the production. (more…)

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This is an example of the super-fat-completely-unafraid-of-humans squirrels that The New York Baroque Dance Company had to contend with during our residency at Cornell University. They stalked every tree-lined path on campus for students dreamily looking at the sky and thinking about Heidigger with mufins poking out of their pockets. Then they would strike!! Oh, the horror.When not avoiding these fiends, we spent our time making the adorably funny commedia dell’arte show, Harlequin’s Capers. You can read all about it (along with fabulous background information about baroque dance) here in the Ithaca Journal. (more…)

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