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L'Art de la Danse: the seductive world of French Baroque dance

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New Assembly Rooms5 Broad Street, South Molton, South-West, EX36 3AB, United Kingdom
On Sunday 20 October 2019 at 14:00
Festival: Two Moors Festival
Mercurius Company
Ricardo BarrosDancer
Skamletz, GudrunDancer
The Bach Players
Nicolette MoonenViolin
Anna CurzonViolin
Reiko IchiseViola da Gamba
Silas WollstonHarpsichord

L'Art de la danse: the Bach Players and Mercurius Company join hands to bring audiences the graceful, moving and seductive world of the French baroque. They propel instrumental suites into motion with their newly-devised choreographies to music by baroque composers, Couperin and Rebel. With the dancers dressed up in full court and theatrical costumes, this is a must-see for all ages.

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to dance a bourree or a sarabande, or even a minuet? This concert will reveal how wonderful these dance movements are, and at the same time, show us all too plainly how sad it is that we can only 'bop' today.

Baroque dance specialist, Ricardo Barros, makes a welcome return to the Festival. Many people will remember him from the magnificent children's concert in 2007, for which he successfully trained the Festival's Youth Choir to become elegant dancers. On this occasion, Barros, together with dancer, Gudrun Skamletz, will showcase the beautiful movements of dance from the 17th century.

The Bach Players are known for their engaging performances of 17th and 18th century music. They play on original instruments, and perform without a conductor.

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