Our Symposium Special:
Le Carnaval de Venise
Ball scenes from the Opera
an advanced dance seminar with Caroline Copeland, USA
The last scene of André Campra's 1699 ballet Le Carnaval de Venise takes place at a magnificent ball and contains dances for "serious" and comic maskers. These dances range from an old fashioned suite of branles to the more "courante" chaconne and for-lane. In 2017, Ms. Copeland choreographed a production of Campra's ballet for the Boston Early Music Festival (Mise-en-scène by Gilbert Blin). This process included the examination of problems like how to adjust extant choreographies and music to the number of dancers specified in the opera livrets (often 6-8 or more) and raised other questions for the choreographer about the dramatic and technical possibilities for ballroom scenes in baroque opera.
The workshop will explore typical material from dance forms such as branle, courante, bourree, minuet, passepied, and forlane. We will then study and learn Ms. Copeland's choreography for Campra's ballet, discuss questions about possible interpretations and examine feasible choreographic solutions.
Caroline Copeland, dancer and choreographer, mainly working with the New York Baroque Dance Company, is one of the most interesting personalities of the younger generation in this field.
Prerequisites: The seminar is intended for dancers with a good knowledge of Baroque dance. Teaching language is English.
The seminar is an excellent complement to the International Historical Dance Symposium, 15 - 19 June.
For more detailed information about the conference see: www.historical-dance-symposium.org