What better way to deepen our appreciation of the dance movements of the Bach Suites than through dance itself? Baroque cellists Rosanne Hunt and Josephine Vains and baroque violinist Shane Lestideau collaborate with Fiona Garlick and John Barnard of Sydney’s Early Dance Consort in an exquisite program of works by Bach, Lully, Couperin, Marais and Scottish composers of the eighteenth century.
Baroque dancers Fiona GarlickJohn Barnard
Cellists Rosanne Hunt Josephine Vains
Violinist Shane Lestideau
Special guest violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch
Melba Hall, Royal Parade, Parkville (Melbourne)
$35 Adult $25 Concession
Children 12 and under FREE
Join Fiona Garlick and John Barnard of Sydney’s Early Dance Consort as they lead you into the elegant world of French baroque dance.
If you love Baroque music, you may have wondered what a
Minuet, Sarabande or Gavotte might look and feel like to dance.
This workshop is the perfect opportunity to step back to the baroque era for a taste of the French noble dances which graced European ballrooms and theatres for nearly a century, and gave the baroque suite its character.
Fiona Garlick and John Barnard will guide you in the technique and distinctive qualities of a selection of baroque dance types, and demonstrate excerpts from original choreographies of the era.
Clothing: Loose & comfortable to allow freedom of movement
(avoid tight skirts or trousers) Shoes: Lightweight, secure, and
comfortable shoes with low heel or flat, preferably without a rubber
sole. These could be ballet flats, jazz or character shoes, or
lightweight street shoes.
We’re having our 2016 Mid-Winter Ball on Friday 8 July, 6.30-9.30pm,
& would be delighted if you can come and join us in some July jollity.
Friends & family are always welcome.
Wear warm, festive clothing or costume, & dancing shoes.
Bring a plate of simple finger food &/or drink (non-alcoholic) to share.
We’ll provide tea/coffee, cups, plates &c.
Hope to see you there!
Best wishes from Fiona & John.
In case you can’t make it to the Summer Course, don’t despair – we’ll be holding our evening classes in North Sydney again next year, commencing on February 4. Full details on our Classes page or download a PDF brochure.
Our 7th Summer Course in Renaissance & Baroque Dance is just one month away, 6-8 January, 2016. It’s a great introduction to early dance for musicians, dancers, actors and anyone passionate about social history or period drama. No previous experience or partner required. The course will be held during the daytime in North Sydney, Wednesday to Friday, with a Summer Ball on the evening of Friday 8 January (all welcome). For full details, brochure & enrolment form visit
The Sydney Baroque Music Festival returns for its third year to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2015. The festival is an entirely student-driven initiative bringing together young musicians from all over Australia who share a passion for early music. The musicians will be working intensively through the week of 7 to 11 December, to put on a concert of “Water Music”, in the beautiful Music Workshop. This year’s festival welcomes exciting young violinist Rafael Font, who will perform Vivaldi’s concerto “La Tempesta di Mare” with the festival orchestra. The other works being performed include Handel’s Water Music suite in F major, Marais’ “Tempete” from Alcione, Rebel’s stormy Les Elemens, and Telemann’s Divertimento in E-flat major – all on period instruments with gut-strung strings, harpsichords, baroque oboes, flutes and horns, and baroque bassoon and guitar!
We’re having a little Christmas/End-of-Year Party on Thursday 17 December, 6.30pm in North Sydney. A relaxed get-together for students past & present, friends & family, and anyone curious about early dance.
No charge, catch up with friends, and celebrate with dance.
Wear something cool & festive + dancing shoes.
Please bring a plate of easy finger food to share (no need for knives/forks) &/or something non-alcoholic to drink. Cups & plates provided.
We’d love you to join us to round off the year. Hope to see you soon.
Happy Christmas/holidays & our best wishes,
Just a reminder that our Term 2 classes are commencing soon… The term runs for 10 weeks, up to and including 25 June. For details see http://www.earlydanceconsort.com.au/classes/classes.htm – where there are full details of what, when, where, how much, what to wear, and a PDF brochure to download.
We’re holding our 6th annual Summer Course in Early Dance in January, running during the day from Wednesday 7 January to Friday 9 January. The theme is Early Dance from Courtly to Comic, embracing both formal and light-hearted dances from the extensive repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque.
The Course will conclude with a Summer Ball, to which all Students and Friends are most welcome.