Baroque Basics: An introduction to the dance and the music of the Baroque Period - a DVD directed by Anna Mansbridge.
Have you ever wondered how to do a minuet step? Or how the step fits with the music? When Bach and Handel were composing, what kinds of steps were being performed to bourées, gavottes and sarabandes? To answer these and other questions, this instructional DVD teaches you some of the fundamental steps of the Baroque dance technique.
Developed during the reign of Louis XIV of France, Baroque dance had a symbiotic relationship with the music. Experimentations in music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, composer for Louis XIV, were matched by daring innovations in dance technique. Dancing was an essential part of glittering court life, reflected by the proliferation of dance notations that circulated throughout Europe during the early eighteenth century.
- Historical Overview with original images
- Clear instruction and demonstration of some of the basic Baroque steps
- Explanation of the tempi and expression of selected musical forms, including the minuet, from both a dancer's and a musician's perspective
- Performance of choreographies reconstructed from early dance notations, performed in costume and accompanied by period instruments
- Bonus Feature: The Historical BrainDance Warm-up. A great way to focus and invigorate the mind and the body!
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Running Time: 78 minutes.
Cost: $30 plus postage and packaging
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