of the Program
twenty-five years the historical dance program has been a highly
part of the Amherst Early Music Festival, itself the largest festival
of its kind in the world. Students particularly enjoy the opportunity
for performance, along with stimulating classes by dance historians and
The theme of this year's Amherst Early Music Festival is "Music of
France and the Low Countries." The Historical Dance Program reflects
with a focus on dance materials from those countries, and a fully staged production of
Cadmus et Hermione (1673)
by Jean-Baptiste Lully. Participants
are entitled to attend many other
events (including English country dancing, concert and lectures) in the
evenings that are part of the Amherst Early Music
Festival. All levels of dancers are welcome.
2:00-5:00 pm (with breaks!). *Baroque
Dance Technique Class/Rehearsal. (Mainz, Olsson)
6:30-8:00 pm. *Baroque Dance Technique Class/Rehearsal. (Mainz, Olsson)
Sunday, July 8
Early morning. Individual practice time.
10:00-11:30 am. *Baroque Dance Technique Class/Rehearsal.
Participation in the opera is reserved for full-time dancers;
others are accepted only by audition.
*Dance Rehearsal for Lully's Cadmus et Hermione.
classes will serve as both audition and rehearsal for the dance
roles for the Baroque Opera Project (Lully's Cadmus et Hermione,
July 13 performance). All dancers wishing to
perform in this
attend these sessions.
Monday-Friday, July 9-13
am. Baroque Dance Technique (Mainz, Olsson).
in eighteenth-century dance with steps, step combinations, arm
movements, and phrases from notated choreographies by Pécour, Feuillet
and others (passacaille,
sarabande, rigaudon, chaconne, etc.).
pm. Baroque Dance Topic. (Mainz)
from dances by French choreographers (including Pécour, Feuillet,
Balon, and L'Abbé) focusing on variations of basic steps.
am-12:15 pm. Introduction to Renaissance and Baroque Dance. (Olsson)
Social dances of the 15th - 18th centuries (pavan, branle, courante,
sarabande, and others) with a special emphasis on dances from French
Individual Practice or rest. [Dance studio space will be
3:30-5:30 pm. Dance Rehearsal (Mainz,
Rehearsals for Baroque Opera (Lully's Cadmus et Hermione,
performance Friday evening, July 13, 8:00 pm).Possible evening
rehearsals on Monday, Tuesday, and
Wednesday. Opera dress rehearsal, late Thursday evening.