Baroque Dance Unmasked

Workshop to Performance

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A vivid Baroque dance documentary produced by Dancetime Publications in association with Catherine Turocy, the renowned Artistic Director of The New York Baroque Dance Company. The DVD provides a rare look at the artistic process in re-creating dance and dance-theater, from studio to stage.Included, there is information about Baroque music, fencing, mask work, notation, costumes, and the inner life of dance performers working in this dance style.

BAROQUE DANCE UNMASKED: Workshop to Performance features brilliant performance excerpts which reveal the most important theatrical dance styles of the 18th century: the danse heroique, the demi-caractère, and the comic/grotesque style. The dancers are in period costumes and perform with an original instrument ensemble, Concert Royal.

DVD run-time: 48 minutes

Catherine Turocy’s Baroque workshop immerses her students in the culture of the 18th Century as they learn dance techniques. The students feel the influence of life style, wardrobe and courtly manner as well as fencing, masks and castanets on the development of dance movements accompanied by wonderful music. Mary Lyons
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Character and Style
Metaphor in Dance
Feuillet Dance Notation
Performer’s Perception


Performance Excerpts with period costuming and music from Concert Royal
Excerpts from the dance-drama: “With Sword Drawn He Dances”

Dance Heroique Style

Passacaille d’Armide

Demi-Charactère Style

Air Des Sauvages

Comic-Grotesque Style


Catherine Turocy,

Artistic Director

The New York Baroque Dance Company

Catherine Turocy is internationally recognized for her contribution to the current revival of 18th-Century ballet. She was decorated by the French government in the Order of Arts and Letters and received the prestigious New York City BESSIE AWARD for Sustained Achievement in Choreography. She has been commissioned to choreograph over forty opera productions with the New York Baroque Dance Company in France, England, Germany and the United States. As a stage director, she has mounted works in New York City, Spoleto Festival USA and in Goettingen, Germany. Ms. Turocy’s ballets have been filmed for French, Japanese and American television and featured at many international venues.

The New York Baroque Dance Company – Teachers/Coaches/Dancers:

Catherine Turocy, Deda Cristina Colonna, Carlos Fittante, Derek Clifford

Concert Royal – Musicians:

James Richman, Director; Judson Griffin, violin; Wendy Rolfe, flute; Alyssa Pava, cello

Master Teachers:

Music- conductor- harpsichordist James Richman;

Historical fencing:-Ramon Martinez and Michael Hewer;

Mask work -Arne Zaslove;

Feuillet Notation- Deda Cristina Colonna,

Workshop – Participants:

Laura Barton, Caroline Copeland, Gwen Dobie, Elizabeth Du Val, Sarah Edgar, Amy Green, Rance Green, Michael Hewer, Cindy Joiner, John Jordan, Dana Kotler, Betina Marcolin, Margaret Ann McNab, Philip Meiring, Peggy Murray Marc Ozanic, Lynn Wykoff

This Video was filmed at the Jarvis Conservatory Theater, William Jarvis, Director.
Video production: Milt Wallace Producer, Carol Wallace Associate Producer
Video Director: Dave Drum
DVD Editor: Stuart Math

2 DVD Set – Re-Creating Baroque Theatrical Dance



Turocy and company do a terrific job of introducing the topic [Baroque Dance] to a newcomer. The program gives us a nickel tour of the workshop process, with instructional segments by the workshop coaches… explaining the philosophy, structure, and techniques of Baroque dance….it’s not just a particular style of dance, but an entire lifestyle; in order to fully inhabit the aesthetic of the Baroque period, participants must practice many different, integrated skills—dance, acting, fencing, singing, and music.

Above all, Catherine Turocy’s choreography, with its slow, minutely stylized gesture and dance movement realized through the NYBDC, releases and ensures the apprehension of every changing emotion in the score. Hilary Finch, The London Times

Nobody today seems more qualified to reconstruct the French dances of the 18th century than this American and her New York Baroque Dance Company. Le Figaro

The New York Baroque Dance Company offers a more lavish
and theatrical view of eighteenth-century dances than we generally see.
Not only are the costumes rather splendid, but the range and intensity of expression are notable too. John Percival, The Times (London)

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