ALLA BATTAGLIA - DANCING SKIRMISHES
Friday, 27.10.2000 19.30 to 21.30
Saturday, 28.10.2000 9.30 to 12.00
13.30 to 18.00
Sunday, 29.10.2000 10.00 to 13.00
"Tournament-dances" from Caroso (1581 and 1600) and Negri (1602)
The treatises of the italian dancing masters Fabritio Caroso (Il Ballarino and Nobiltà di Dame,Venice 1581 and 1600) and Cesare Negri (Le Gratie d'Amore, Milan 1602) contain some choreographies, which remind us because of their titles and musical and choreographical structures of the character of tournaments or contests between the dancing Ladies and Gentlemen. Besides entertainment the dance of the courtly society was used at that time especially for purposes of representation. Therefore also the tournament was taken up as choreographical
topic in which the dancers are imitating the knightly martial art, by their aggressive attitudes and hitting one another's hands. These gestures should express the skirmishes of lovers or the fight of the sexes.
At this week-end we will work on two of those dances: Cesare Negri's Battaglia for two couples and Fabritio Caroso's Barriera Nuova for three couples. Besides working with the dance steps and choreographies, we will also discuss problems of reconstructing the steps to the mentioned music. If you want to take part,
you should have some experience in the Caroso/Negri-style.
THE DANCING MISTRESS....
Barbara Sparti is a respected specialist in 15th to 17th century courtly dance. She was born in the U.S. but has been living now for many years in Rome, Italy. She has choreographed for period plays and operas and has taught Renaissance dance all over the world. Formerly she directed Il Gruppo di Danza Rinascimentale, which performed throughout Europe. As a dance historian and researcher she has many interests like iconography, social status of dances and dancing-masters, dance music and folk dances. In this fields she published many articles and books.
There will be lute accopaniment.
The course will take place in the hall of the Dacheröden House, Anger 37/38 in Erfurt, Germany. The house was built in 1550 and contains one of the nicest renaissance portals of the town. Around 1800 the house of Karl Friedrich Dacheröden was a centre of the cultural life in Erfurt which was frequented by Dalberg, Goethe and Schiller.
Hotel IBIS 0361/6641-0 120 120
Pension Walter 0361/2115802 60 40
Hotel ETAP 0361/4232899 52 52
Youth Hostel 0361/5626705
(prices in DM per room)
The number of participants is limited. The closing date for application is 26.09.2000 (please fill in the form sheet). All applications will be confirmed. The course fee of 130 DM has to be paid upon receipt of the confirmation. Fee
reductions on demand.