Chestnut and Fantaisies Baroques welcome you from July 29 to August 3, 2019 to their fifth summer school of period dances in Normandy.
- Dancing in Europe in two, four or eight during the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th centuries (Italian, French and English tradition)
- Baroque dances
- Jane Austen & Regency dances
- French 1rst Empire - Restauration dances
With four different subjects and two instructors (Cécile Laye and Irène Feste), you’ll be able to make up your own schedule according to your tastes and how energetic you feel. You may opt for an intensive dance programme, up to 6 hours daily, or choose a mix of workshops and time for resting or for touring the area.In our workshops, the programme allows for all levels of dancing. Each dancer will be taught variations suitable to his/her possibilities.
Each day will start at 9 a.m. with a half hour of warming up exercises, led by each instructor in turn.
- Dancing in Europe in two, four and eight during the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th centuries through the Italian, French and English traditions workshop (3 hours : 9.45 am - 0.45 pm): Cécile Laye
- An Andréa Francalanci choreography for several couples on the Toccata of Monteverdi’s Orfeo
- La Battaglia: a ballet for two couples, written by Cesare Negri, « Milanese detto il Trombone», in 1602
- Two choreographies for 8 dancers out of Playford’s early editions: Hunsdon House and Nonsuch
- Baroque dances workshop (3 hours : 9.45 am - 0.45 pm): Irène Feste
La Czarienne par Monsieur Balon, out of the XVIth Recueil de danses dated 1718, collected and edited by Mr Dezais, a Dancing Master. It is a ballroom dance in two parts, one a 3-time piece, the other a rigaudon. Initiation à la notation Beauchamp-Feuillet
- Jane Austen's and Regency dances workshop(1 hour and half : 3.00 pm - 4.30 pm or 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm on alternate days): Cécile Laye
In 1798 Jane Austen, then 23 years old, came home from a ball and wrote “The programme included twenty dances. I danced them all without feeling tired at all”. Based on Jane Austen’s books and letters, we’ll try and find out what she could have danced at the time:
- A cotillon en allemande (Longman 1781)
- A longways triple minor set (Frisky - Straight and Skillern 1775)
- A reel
- La Boulangère (Colinet 1815 and Campbell)
- French 1rst Empire - Restauration workshop (1 hour and half : 3.00 pm - 4.30 pm or 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm on alternate days): Irène Feste
An adaptation of la Cosaqueaccording to Michel Saint Léon’s « Cahiers d’exercices ». It is a character dance that came into fashion in balls around the 1830s. It calls for the elaborate technical vocabulary we still use but in our workshops we’ll adapt it, while respecting its style, in order to make the learning and dancing more pleasant.
Evening entertaiment will be organized for trainees and instructors to share a good time:
- Tuesday: team quizz on period dances
- Wednesday: films
- Thursday: will be decided by trainees
- Friday : Costume Ball including the dances studied in the workshops. (Please note: costume is not a must.)
Cécile Laye studied historical dances in England with Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society, Nonsuch History and Dance and EFDSS (English folk Dance and Song Society). She studied in particular with famous teachers or researchers such as Anne Daye, Anne Cottis, Peggy Dixon, Ethyl Anderson, Marjorie Fennessy, Tom Cook and Alan Davies. In France, she studied under Francine Lancelot, Andréa Francalancci and Barbara Sparti. In 1998 she founded the CHESTNUT company to make available the repertoire of figure dances of the time of the Stuarts and the English inheritance, from a literary and historical point of view, in collaboration with musicians, dancers, actors, singers, horse riders and fencers. She also graduated from Cours Florent in acting and staging.
After a diploma in ballet dancing, Irène Feste studied « Belle Dance » with L’Eclat des Muses, a company led by Christine Bayle. In 2007, she founded her own company with Pierre-François Dollé: Fantaisies Baroques. They design and perform dance/theatre shows in schools and music schools. Irène Feste specialises in baroque and Premier Empire (Napoleonic time) dances, her two main fields of research. She regularly dances with compagnie Divertimenty.
Le Tapis Vert, a residence for artists nestling in a large estate in the Normandie-Maine park, offers several accommodation possibilities on site, from boarding-house to rented rooms and camping. Also on site, two superb halls for activities and a circus tent make for a high quality environment.
Tuition prices (€/pers.) :
1 hour 30 Module: €125
- French 1rst Empire - Restauration (1h30 in the afternoon)
- Jane Austen & Regency dances (1h30 in the afternoon)
3 hours Module : €216
- Baroque dances (3 hours in the morning)
- Dancing in Europe 16th & 17th centuries (3 hours in the morning)
- French 1rst Empire - Restauration + Jane Austen & Regency dances (2 x 1h30 in the afternoon)
4 hours 30 Module : €288
- Baroque dances (3 hours in the morning) + French 1rst Empire - Restauration or Jane Austen & Regency dances (2 x 1h30 in the afternoon)
- Dancing in Europe 16th & 17th centuries (3 hours in the morning) + French 1rst Empire - Restauration or Jane Austen & Regency dances (2 x 1h30 in the afternoon)
6 hours Module: €336
- Baroque dances (3 hours in the morning) + French 1rst Empire - Restauration and Jane Austen & Regency dances (2 x 1h30 in the afternoon)
- Dancing in Europe 16th & 17th centuries (3 hours in the morning) + French 1rst Empire - Restauration and Jane Austen & Regency dances (2 x 1h30 in the afternoon)
Please note: there are no shops near Tapis Vert. It is a long way from any village.
- Bed sheets are included in the price
- Towels are not included. You have to bring them.
HOW TO GET THERE
Reaching Tapis Vert
- By car
Le Tapis vert is 200 km away from Paris and 130 km away from Rennes.
- By train
The nearest train station is Alençon, reached either through Surdon from Paris Montparnasse-Vaugirard or by TGV through Le Mans. Share taxi or car from Alençon station.
IMPORTANT if you come by train:
Le Tapis Vert is a half-hour drive away from the Alençon train station. Taxis are available. However, we try to coordinate dancers arriving by car so that they collect those arriving by train on their way. And we try and to the same on Saturday for departures.
If you arrive on Monday:
We’ll try and organise cars to fetch people arriving in Alençon on the 16:06 train and bring them to Tapis Vert. Please let us know if you chose that train, and if not, at what time you plan to get to Alençon.
Please note: we do our best to organise cars and bring train passengers from the Alençon station to Tapis Vert on Monday afternoon. However, if you arrive too late you may have to take a taxi.
Leaving on Saturday:
We’ll organise car sharing to Alençon railway station on Saturday morning for those taking the 12:48 train. Please let us know if you chose that train or if not, at what time you’ll be leaving.
Please note: we’ll do our best to organise car-sharing and drive train passengers to the Alençon station on Saturday morning. However, if you leave too early or are the only one from Tapis Vert taking a particular train you may have to take a taxi.
Trainees are welcome from 5:00 pm on Monday, July 29, 2019.
Please note : as no evening meal is provided on the first day evening (Monday), please bring a picnic dinner !
Departure on Saturday, August 3, 2019 after breakfast.
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