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New Collection of Dances
Nouveau Recüeil de Dances
MMXXI

[pour la version en français, veuillez cliquez ici]

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, while enriching and preserving an artistic heritage!

Following the successful 1st volume self-published in 2020, Mercurius proposes an edition  dedicated to La Belle Danse - dances set (mainly) to French music of the 18th-century, and to include 16 choreographies by Deda Cristina Colonna, Edith Lalonger, Madeleine Inglehearn, Pierre-François Dollé, Jane Gingell, Sarah Edgar, Gudrun Skamletz, Hubert Hazebroucq, Dorothée Wortelboer, Catherine Turocy, and Ricardo Barros.

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Some of the exciting choreographies to be featured include:

Chaconne de l'Amour Médecin [a 4], Passacaille d'Armide [a 6], Chaconne pour les Turcs de l'Europe Galante [a 6], Muzsette from Ariodante [a 2], Tambourin de Castor & Pollux [solo pour homme], Chaconne 'La Française (Couperin) [a 2], Entrée de Baccante [solo pour femme], Sarabande 'La Noble Fierté' (Couperin) [a 2], and a few others!

Here are three pages of choreographic samples from the 2020 volume:

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The book is to be printed in A4 format, c.124 pages, gilt foil on cover, paperback, printed in quality 120gsm textured paper, containing valuable choreographer's notes and indications for performance.

Here are some images of the previous volume, indicative of the quality to be carried over to the present volume:

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The monies raised will cover printing costs, and due artistic fee for choreographers for their valuable collaboration. Any monies raised in excess to the goal will be used in future volumes (i.e. 2022 edition dedicated to dances with a 'national' flavour).

We offer a generous rewards programme, in which backers will receive items at considerably lower costs than the retail price. Rewards range from a mounted and ready-to-frame limited edition print of a choreographic extract, through printed copies of the current and previous NCD books (and PDF score books), up to an exclusive beskope choreographic page mounted and ready-to-frame, set to your own initials (you might even choose the music for choreography to be set!). It's ALL OR NOTHING - if we don't reach our goal by Sunday 29 August, your donation will be refunded to you! All rewards include P&P costs:

  • Quartz £20

- a limited, numbered print of a choreographic excerpt, printed on 300gsm A6 size  laid paper, mounted on black or ivory passepartout (overall size 9in x 7in), ready for framing, finished with gilt accents (optional) and hand-signed by Ricardo Barros.

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  • Amethyst £40

- a limited 9in x 7in mounted print (as per £20 reward above) +

- a printed copy of New Collection of Dances/Nouveau Recueil de Danses 2021.

[estimated retail price £46 + p&p]

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  • Topaz £55

- a limited 9in x 7in mounted print (as per £20 reward above) +

- a printed copy of New Collection of Dances/Nouveau Recueil de Danses 2021

-  a digital download of Music score book for NCD/NRD 2021.

[estimated retail price £60 + p&p]

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  • Emerald £70

- a limited 9in x 7in mounted print (as per £20 reward above) +

- a printed copy of New Collection of Dances/Nouveau Recueil de Danses 2021 +

- a printed copy of New Collection of Dances/Nouveau Recueil de Danses 2020.

[estimated retail price £74 + p&p]

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  • Sapphire £90

- a limited 9in x 7in mounted print (as per £20 reward above) +

- a printed copy of New Collection of Dances/Nouveau Recueil de Danses 2021 +

- a printed copy of New Collection of Dances/Nouveau Recueil de Danses 2020 +

- digital download of Music score book for NCD/NRD 2021 +

- digital download of Music score book for NCD/NRD 2020.

[estimated retail price £100 + p&p]

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  • Pearl £150

- as £90 rewards +

- an exclusive A4 sheet of unique hand-written choreography on 300gsm laid paper, mounted on 16in x 12in black or ivory passepartout (ready for framing), set to your initials (2 letters), finished with gilt accents (optional) and signed by Ricardo Barros.

[estimated retail price £220 + p&p]

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  • Diamond £400

- as £150 rewards +

- a guest appearance of Ricardo Barros performing two of his own solo choreographies at your event, in period costume [please note that costs with travel and accommodation for Mr Barros will need to be covered separately (and in addition to the rewards programme) by the backer/supporter. Please enquire at info@mercuriuscompany.com].

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You will be contributing to the artistic production in this particularly hard moment in time, when artists saw their engagements completely disappear overnight; unfortunately this shall have a long-lasting impact to an industry which shall be one of the last to recover.

 

Most importantly, you will be helping the advancement of dance history, and being part of it at this very moment!

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To place your pledge and secure your rewards, please visit Crowdfunder .

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