[ dancer with castanets ]

Summer Baroque Dance Workshop

Sunday-Saturday, July 23–29, 2017
Instructor: Ken Pierce

An intensive workshop in baroque dance (European ballroom and theatrical dance of the late 17th and early 18th centuries). Classes in technique, repertoire, and dance notation, with opportunities for independent projects.

As in past years, the summer Baroque dance workshop will be allied with the International Baroque Institute at Longy (IBIL). This year’s IBIL theme is “Venice”. Dancers are invited to attend IBIL lectures and concerts, and to participate in the IBIL student performance on Saturday, 29 July. A portion of the dance workshop will be devoted to preparing dances for this performance.

The dance workshop will focus not on dances from Venice, but rather on French dances that have a “Venetian” connection—for example, dances to music from a Venetian-themed divertissement. Workshop repertoire includes menuets, gavottes, sarabandes, bourrées, and other baroque dance types (especially forlanes).

This year’s workshop will be held at Integrarte studios in Jamaica Plain, Boston, with the first and final days at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Integrarte’s regularly-scheduled classes, including ballet and yoga, are available to workshop particpants at a discounted rate.

[ Habit de fantaisie pour un bal ]

Schedule Outline

Sunday, July 23 (at Longy School of Music)
2:00–3:00
Optional: IBIL Lecture I. The first of two lectures on the IBIL theme “Venice.” (Lecturer t.b.d.)
3:30–5:30
Baroque dance technique. An introduction to baroque dance basics: placement, step vocabulary, connection to music.

Monday–Friday, July 24–28 (at Integrarte)

9:00–10:30
Optional: Ballet Class. Intermediate- or advanced-level ballet class taught by Integrarte faculty.*
10:45–12:15
Warmup and Baroque Dance Technique. Warmup, basic steps, and practice step sequences.
12:15–1:00
Lunch break.
1:00–2:00
Baroque dance basics. An optional review and practice session.
2:00–3:00
Baroque dance repertory. Ballroom and theatrical dances reconstructed from notation.
3:30–5:00
Repertory (continued) and topics in Baroque Dance choreography and reconstruction. Topics may include: the relationship between music and dance; dance notation systems; theatrical contexts for choreographies; comparisons among dances by different choreographers.
5:00–6:00 (Wed.–Fri. only)
Repertory, topics in Baroque Dance choreography and reconstruction, and independent study.
7:00–8:30
Optional: Ballet Class. Elementary- or intermediate-level ballet class taught by Integrarte faculty.*

Saturday, July 29 (at Longy School of Music)

10:00–12:30
Warmup and Baroque Dance Technique, Rehearsal. Warmup, basic steps, and practice step sequences, followed by review and rehearsal for the evening’s performance.
2:00–5:00
Onstage rehearsal.
7:00–
IBIL closing performance.

Note: The schedule may be adjusted from day to day to allow for an efficient use of space, time, and energy.

* Regularly-scheduled Integrarte classes are available at a discounted rate to workshop participants. Please visit www.integrarteusa.com for class schedules.

Students

This course is for students who have a serious interest in baroque dance. Experienced baroque dancers are welcome, as are dancers and dance teachers from other dance genres, such as ballet or modern dance, or musicians who have had some dance training. No prior experience with early dance or with dance notation is required, but some dance background is essential. Classes may be split into separate groups to accommodate students’ interests and abilities.

About the Instructor

[ dancer Ken Pierce as harlequin ]

Ken Pierce trained in ballet and modern dance, studying on scholarship at both the American Ballet Theatre School and the Merce Cunningham studio. He has specialized in early dance—especially, late-Renaissance and Baroque dance—for the past three decades, as choreographer, reconstructor, performer, and teacher. Companies he has performed with include the Court Dance Company of New York, the New York Baroque Dance Company, Ris et Danceries (Paris), Danse Baroque Toronto, and the baroque dance trio Hémiole (Paris), of which he was a co-founder. He directs his own company, the Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company, for which he has choreographed or reconstructed dances for performances with Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, The King’s Noyse, Handel & Haydn Society, and the Boston Early Music Festival. Choreographic credits include dances for Les Élémens, Les Festes d’Hébé, Tirsi e Clori, and les Festes de l’Amour et de Bacchus; King Arthur at the Boston Early Music Festival, and such twentieth-century premières as Le Carnavale Mascarade; Les Plaisirs de Versailles, with Ex Machina Baroque Opera Ensemble; the masque Oberon, at Case Western Reserve University; and le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos at the Amherst Early Music Festival. He was assistant choreographer for Quelques pas graves de Baptiste, Francine Lancelot’s baroque-style piece for the Paris Opera Ballet, whose cast included Rudolph Nureyev. Mr. Pierce has taught at summer dance and music workshops in the U.S. and abroad. He directs the early dance program at the Longy School of Music of Bard College (Cambridge), and teaches classes and workshops at the Integrarte studio in Boston.

Location

Integrarte is located in Boston’s Jamaica Plain district, a short walk from restaurants and shops and close to the Green Street stop on the MBTA Orange Line. There is free parking in a lot across the street from the building.

Housing

Please contact Integrarte for information about housing options near the studio.

Those wishing to explore other housing options might visit MIT’s temporary housing page or Harvard’s list of short-term accommodations.

Tuition and Registration

Tuition for the workshop is $350. You may register

If you have not previously attended a summer workshop taught by Ken Pierce, please send him an e-mail message summarizing your prior baroque dance experience, your prior experience with other forms of dance, and your main reasons for wishing to attend this summer’s Baroque Dance Workshop.

As part of the registration process, each workshop participant will be asked to sign Integrarte’s standard waiver form.

For Further Information

For further information about the workshop, please contact the instructor, Ken Pierce, at kpierce@mit.edu.

Please note that schedules and other program details outlined above are subject to modification.