Directed by Dorothy Olsson, with Peggy Murray
The Historical Dance program will run during the first week of the Amherst Early Music Festival. The dates of the first week of the Festival are July 2-9, but dancers arrive 1 day early to prepare for opera performance on Friday, July 7.
First-week dancers who wish to audition for the opera project (L’Erismena by Francesco Cavalli) must arrive early to attend the following sessions:
Saturday July 1, 2:00-5:00 pm: *Baroque Dance Technique Class/Rehearsal
Saturday July 1, 6:30-8:00 pm: *Baroque Dance Technique Class/Rehearsal
Sunday July 2, early morning: individual practice time
Sunday July 2, 10:00-11:30 am: *Baroque Dance Technique Class/Rehearsal. (Murray, Olsson)
Sunday July 2, 1:00-4:00 pm: *Dance Rehearsal for Cavalli’s L’Erismena.
*Classes marked by an asterisk will serve as both audition and rehearsal for the dance roles in the Baroque Opera Project (Cavalli’s L’Erismena, July 7 performance).
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 stimulating classes by dance historians and performers.
See the NY Historical Dance Company website for more photos!