Historical Dance ~ Week One, July 6-13, 2014
For over twenty-five years the historical dance program has been a highly successful part of the Amherst Early Music Festival, itself the largest festival of its kind in the world. Students particularly enjoy the opportunity for performance, along with the stimulating classes by dance historians and performers.
The theme of this year's Amherst Early Music Festival is "Music of France and the Low Countries." The Historical Dance Program reflects that theme, with a focus on dance materials from France in the dance classes, a fully staged production of Jean-Philippe Rameau's Les Indes
galantes (1735/36), and a special Baroque dance performance, Lully Project,with live music. All Festival participants can sign up for dance classes, however only full time dance students will perform in the opera.
Faculty Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar Mainz.
July 11, 2014 Jean-Philippe Rameau's Les Indes galantes
July 12, 2014 Lully Project, with live music.
Week Two, July 13-20, 2014
Brad Foster, Director
An All-day program of classes, lectures, and evening dancing. Learn traditional English country dances and learn about the 17th-century French country dances they inspired. You can also take a music class if you wish. Staff: Brad Foster, Andrew Shaw, Shira Kammen, Carol Marsh, Emily O'Brien, Jacqueline Schwab. This event is supported in part by the Outreach Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society.
Festival registration now open!