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New Collection of Dances

Nouveau Recüeil de Dances

Reviving yearly collections of dances

In this ambitious project Mercurius Company proposes to revive the 18th-century tradition of publishing yearly collections of dances, whilst engaging both outstanding and emerging choreographers by publishing their notated choreographies in Beauchamps-Feuillet system. The publication shall provide professional and amateur Baroque dancers today with so-needed new material, and offer a glimpse of each choreographer's creative style, their approach, their interpretation and/or reworking of Baroque aesthetics.

 

Above all, this initiative will ensure the corpus of precious contemporary 'Baroque' choreographic creations will be preserved for generations to come!

Volume I: RESTORATION THEATRE

The launching volume (2020) will contain 16 choreographies by Ricardo Barros, set to music by Purcell and Locke for the Restoration stage. The dances vary from solos to groups of 6 dancers:

MATTHEW LOCKE

The Tempest (1667): Courante (a 2), Sarabande (a 2), Galliard (a 2)

HENRY PURCELL

Dido & Aeneas (c.1688): Dance of the Nymphs (a 2)

Circe (1690): Magicians Dance (a 2)

Dioclesian (1690): Menuet (a 2), Menuet (a 6), Two in One upon a Ground (a 4),

Sarabande (solo)

The Gordion Knot Unty'd (1691): Menuet (a 4)

King Arthur (1691): Hornpipe (a2), Bouree (a 2)

The Old Bachelor (1693): Hornpipe (a 2)

Abdelazer (1695): Hornpipe (a 2), Jig (solo)

The Indian Queen (1695): Gavotte 'Spirits of the Air' (a 4)

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A4 format, 124 pages, paperback, printed in quality 120gsm textured paper, containing choreographer's notes and indications for performance. First edition: 300 copies. Price: £28 +pp.

Postage costs:

- Royal Mail tracked and insured:  UK £4.25, EU £10.20, other locations £14.40

A booklet of scores and parts (edited in modern print) is also available for digital purchase and download.

 

Plans for a second volume (2021) include choreographies by 12 choreographers.

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CHOREOGRAPHIC SAMPLES

(Images below are unedited choreographer's notation.

All choreographies will be rewritten to publication standards)