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Les Caractères : a master work of historical significance from 1715

Friday, July 24, 2020, 11:00 PM - 1:00 AM

The New York Baroque Dance Company is producing a 3 day workshop in Dallas, Location: BRUCE WOOD DANCE GALLERY 101-103 Howell Street I Dallas, Texas 75207 The exact times are Friday July 26 from 4-7 Saturday June 27 from 10-5 Sunday June 28 from 10-5 Honoring the Women's Suffrage Centennial in 2020, Les Caractères/Diversity and Transformation is a workshop exploring one of the first professional women choreographers, Françoise Prevost, and her iconic creation, "Les Caractères de la Danse." Original descriptions of this dance can be found in the Mercure de France Paris Journal and what is described is a unique portrayal by one dancer of 11 different faces of humankind; young and old, men and women, privileged and vulnerable. Françoise Prevost, a principal dancer at the Paris Opera passed this work on to her pupils, the famous Maries, Camargo and Sallé, who both created their own versions and passed the work onto to the next generation of performers in Europe. These original choreographies by women reflected social and theatrical practices of 18th century France. Catherine Turocy, internationally celebrated for her work in Baroque dance, will teach her original period choreography as a way of introducing the students to Baroque compositional structure and the art of performing. The ability to perform such a dance demands a state of transformation from the dancer. The changes are not made with costumes or masks or props. The performers must own all the characters and emotions within their being, connected by a line of energy. Discovering this line of energy which allows the performer to shift on a breath, builds empathy for these characters both in the performer and in the audience. The truth of this statement was discovered by Turocy in her January 2019 workshop at ODC in San Francisco where she taught this dance for the first time to dancers outside of her company. The students felt enriched by a common humanity by broadening their understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society. This workshop is intended for dancers (in any dance style: performers, teachers, choreographers and writers), musicians (with movement experience: instrumentalists, composers, directors and singers) and actors (performers, directors and writers). For people who have no dance or movement training or who are no longer actively moving, there is an option to audit, however places are limited. In this case contact Ms. Turocy at TUITION: $225.00 (includes $25 non-refundable admin fee.) Contact person: Catherine Turocy

Cost: 225 - 425 USD

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101-103 Howell Street I Dallas, Texas 75207
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