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Harlequin at Cornell Laura Naudeix



Title: Harlequin at Cornell

"Harlequin's Capers"
with
New York Baroque Dance Company; Catherine Turocy, director
NYS Baroque; Heather Miller Lardin, director
Les Petits Violons de Cornell; Neal Zaslaw, coach
Sunday, November 18, 3:00 PM

Bailey Hall
Admission:  General $15, Student $5, available at
http:// www.baileytickets.com, Ticket Center at Clinton House, at the door


       On Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 PM in Bailey Hall, the New York Baroque Dance Company, with NYS Baroque and Les Petits Violons de Cornell, will send in the clowns with "Harlequin's Capers," a festive performance of dance and music from the eighteenth-century comic theater.  In the first half of the eighteenth century, two main styles of dancing flourished on the stages of Western Europe:  the French style, which was a product of the ballets danced by aristocrats at the court of Louis XIV, and the Italian style, which grew out of the practices of the commedia dell'arte, the irreverent theatrical tradition in which stock characters such as Harlequin and Columbine mocked the high-born and the lowly, and made audiences across Europe laugh at their antics. The French style prized elegance, a precise and codified movement vocabulary, and a highly refined technique.  The Italian style was more athletic and gave greater importance to pantomime, particularly of the comic variety.  "Harlequin's Capers" will offer a glimpse of both traditions:  among the works performed will be Pygmalion, a ballet by French Baroque composer Jean-Joseph Mouret, and Harlequinade, a comic suite inspired by the dances of the Venetian choreographer and ballet master Gregorio Lambranzi.  A preview of the performance will be presented on November 15 at 12:30 PM in B20 Lincoln Hall.  The Bailey Hall performance and all related events are sponsored by the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance, with support from the French Studies Program, Society for the Humanities, Cornell Council for the Arts, Telluride Association, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Central New York Humanities Corridor (made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation).

International Country Dances of the 18th Century
with NYDBC soloist Sarah Edgar and Ithaca fiddler Laurie Hart
Sunday, November 11, 7:30-10:30 PM (donation requested)
Robert Purcell Community Center, North Campus, Cornell University
Come learn how to dance country dances from England, Germany, and the US, in 18th-century style.  No previous dance experience necessary.

Midday Music at Lincoln:
"Harlequin's Capers" Preview
Thursday, November 15, 12:30 PM
B20 Lincoln Hall, free admission
Lecture-concert with members of the New York Baroque Dance Company

Symposium:  Comic Dance and Music in Mid-18th-Century Europe
Saturday, November 17, 10:00-1:00 PM
Barnes Hall, free admission

The speakers will provide a context for "Harlequin's Capers" context, discussing the dance style and its transmission, the influence of the commedia dell'arte on French theater, and the history of the Pygmalion story from ancient myth to the baroque and modern stage.  The speakers are (in order):  Rebecca Harris-Warrick (Professor of Music), Catherine Turocy (Director, New York Baroque Dance Company); Alain Seznec (Professor Emeritus of French); Carol Marsh (Professor of Music, UNCG, and expert in baroque dance); and Ellen Lockhart (PhD candidate in Music).


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www.spectacles17e18e.org/

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