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New Collection of Dances
Nouveau Recüeil de Dances
MMXXI

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 II: LA BELLE DANSE

The second volume (2021) contains 19 choreographies by Ricardo Barros, Deda Cristina Colonna, Pierre-François Dollé, Sarah Edgar, Jane Gingell, Hubert Hazebroucq, Madeleine Inglehearn, Edith Lalonger, Gudrun Skamletz, Catherine Turocy, and Dorothée Wortelboer, choreographed in the belle danse style. The dances vary from solos to groups of 6 dancers:

Jean-Baptiste Lully – Ballet de Xerces (1660)

Entrée pour les Basques (a 2) by Ricardo Barros

Pierre Beauchamps – Les Fâcheux (1661)

Entrée pour un Valet et une Servante (a 2), by Gudrun Skamletz

Lully – L’Amour Médecin (1665)

Chaconne (a 4), by Ricardo Barros

Lully – Le Triomphe de l’Amour (1681)

Entrée des Bergers Héroyques (a 5), by Ricardo Barros

Lully – Armide (1686)

Passacaille (a 6), by Deda Cristina Colonna

anon– [Sarabande] (c.1686)

Petite Sarabande (seul), by Ricardo Barros

Henry Purcell – Timon of Athens (1694)

Curtain Tune (a 2), by Dorothée Wortelboer

Marin Marais – Ariane et Bacchus (1696)

Chaconne (a 5), by Sarah Edgar

John Galliard – Pan and Syrinx (1717)

Entrée des nymphes et de sylvain (a 3), by Madeleine Inglehearn

Francois Couperin – Les Goûts Réunis (1724)

Courante  Les Grâces (a 2), Sarabande La Noble Fierté (a 2), Loure (seul), Entrée de Baccante (seule),

by Ricardo Barros

Couperin – Les Nations (1726)

Chaconne La Française (a 2), by Ricardo Barros

Georg Philipp Telemann – Fantasie (1732)

Menuet d'Arlequin ivre (seul), by Hubert Hazebroucq

George Frideric Handel – Ariodante (1735)

Musette (a 2), by Catherine Turocy

Jean Philippe Rameau – Castor et Pollux (1737)

Tambourin (seul), by Pierre-François Dollé

Rameau – Zaïs (1748)

Sarabande (a 2), by Edith Lalonger

Andre Campra – L’Europe Galante (1697)

Passacaille Turque (a 6), by Jane Gingell

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A4 format, 216 pages, paperback, printed in quality 120gsm textured paper, containing choreographer's notes and indications for performance in English and French. First edition: 200 copies. Price: £35 +pp.

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

 

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PREVIEW

(only first page of each choreography is shown)