Historical Dance Summer Courses 2021

Due to the current health crisis and despite our attachment to the Tapis Vert in Normandy, the 6th edition of the summer courses of historical dance organized by chestnut in collaboration with Danses au (Pas)sé et HéliosKine will take place this year in Paris.


A good opportunity to experience Paris differently ! ….


This 6th edition retains all the advantages that have been making the success of these Summer Courses for 5 years! :

– 2 courses, 2 repertoires, 3 workshops 

the possibility to build your program according to your tastes and your energy. According to your wishes, you can concoct an intensive program (with a maximum of 6 hours of lessons/ day) or alternate in your day the moments of workshop with moments of relaxation or visit in Paris or its surroundings.

– studios adapted to the practice of dance

– a training place close to many cultural sites (Micadanses studios are close to the City Hall)


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1. Periods and contents


PERIODS and CONTENTS


1. COURSE n° 1 from Saturday 17 to Wednesday 21 July

  • 1. English Country Dances / Cécile Laye (Chestnut)
  • 2. Baroque dances / Irène Feste (Danses au (Pas)sé) 
The program of each workshop is designed for all levels in variations adapted to each.

2. COURSE n° 2 from Tuesday 27 July to Saturday 31 July

The program of each workshop is designed for all levels in variations adapted to each.

WORSHOPS’ DESCRIPTION 



Flyer Stages Été Paris DaP 21COURSE n° 1 from Saturday 17 to Wednesday 21 July

 

 

 

 

 

1. English Country Dances (3 hours / day) / Cécile Laye 

The workshop will again give us the opportunity to celebrate the incredible richness of the repertoire of English figure dances which have contributed so much to the history of ancient dance and which have reinvented themselves regularly from the 16th century to the present day.

Programme: “Homonymous dances”

They are dances using the same music for different choreographies from ancient and modern repertoire: Le Basque (Cécile Laye); Kneeland Romp (Gary Roodman);Virgin Frolick (The Dancing Master, 1710);Hand to hand (Gary Roodman); The Merry Milkmaids (The Dancing Master, 1651 and 1728 versions) ; A trip to Macclesfield (Brian Wedgbury); An Enchanted Place (Antony Heywood); two versions of Drapers Gardent (The Dancing Master, 1706) including one in menuet steps.

and / or

2. Baroque dances (3 hours / day) / Irène Feste 

Programme: “Unique choreographic scores”

  • Entrée de l’Amiral de France en 1756 par M. Dupré (FL/Ms20.1/01)
  • La Nouvelle Bourrée des Princesses par M. Rameau (FL/1728.1/14)

The singularity of these scores comes from the fact that they are the only dances choreographed, respectively by M. Dupré and by Pierre Rameau, which have reached us to this day.
Each of these choreographic scores is in a collection to learn the art of writing or describing dance.
After Raoul-Auger Feuillet’s “Chorégraphie….” in 1700, other dance masters tried to write a method.

La Bourrée des Princesses by Mr. Rameau, a dance for a man and a woman, is featured in the “Abrégé de la nouvelle Méthode dans l’Art d’écrire ou de tracer toutes sortes de Danses de Ville…” , by Pierre Rameau, published in 1728.

The Entrée de l’Amiral de France by M. Dupré, is described and noted in the “ Méthode pour apprendre de soi-même la Chorégraphie, ou l’Art de décrire…” , de Dupré, Maître à danser au Mans, published in 1757.
This is a ballet entrance for a man, quite approachable for a woman!
We will also see together that there is a surprise.


Flyer Stages Été Paris HK 3COURSE n° 2 from Tuesday 27 July to Saturday 31 July

 

 

 

 

 

1. English Country Dances (3 hours / day) / Cécile Laye 

The workshop will again give us the opportunity to celebrate the incredible richness of the repertoire of English figure dances which have contributed so much to the history of ancient dance and which have reinvented themselves regularly from the 16th century to the present day.

Programme: “From the Grand Square to the Square of Mahony”

From the old and modern directories, we will work on the evolution of a figure from the 17th century to the present day. The program will allow dancers to work with different aesthetics and proposals. The following dances will be included: Hunsdon House (The Dancing Master, 1670); Little Hunsdon (Pat Shaw); Les Lanciers (Alexander Strathy version, 1822); La Beaudri (La Cuisse, 1762);Cupid’s Garden (Marjorie Heffer); Play to win (Antony Heywood); Mary K (Gary Roodman)

and / or

2. Baroque dances (3 hours / day) / Pierre-François Dollé

Programme: “Les Caractères de la danse, fantaisie musicale de Jean-Fery Rebel”

After a gentle warm-up, mixing a moment of relaxation and body reconnection with progressive stretches, we will tackle together the technique of the «Belle Dance», returning to the fundamentals of all the steps necessary for the easy practice of this technique.

In a second time, we will explore the famous «Caractères de la danse», musical fantasy of Jean-Fery Rebel, a kind of exercise of style, which unfolds, like a thread of Ariane, most of the dances of ball and theatre in use in the first quarter of the eighteenth century.

After a prelude allowing the customary reverences, we will have pleasure to dance the Courante, the Menuet and the Bourrée, ball dances par excellence, then to travel in a lively and dense Chaconne, a Sarabande, a Gigue, a Rigaudon, a Passepied, a Lourre, a pastoral Musette to finish with an Italian Sonata, a sort of window open to a new fashion to come

These Characters of Dance were performed by many artists in the 18th century, including the dancers Marie Sallé and Marie-Anne de Camargo, who choreographed and danced them on the French and English stages in particular.
When Marie Sallé moved the audience with her sensitivity and charm, the Camargo impressed the Parisian public with its mastered technique, its jumps and its chats!

It is this whole range of intentions and styles that, in a choreography created by myself, in an idea of progression, we will study together, for the pleasure of dance, movement and the emotions that dance gives us.

Let’s dive together into these famous «characters», mythical piece if any!


INSTRUCTORS


Chestnut Cécile Laye

Cécile LAYE

Cécile Laye is CHESTNUT’s teaching and artistic director. She studied old dance forms in England with the Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society,  Nonsuch History and Dance and EFDSS (English folk Dance and Song Society). She worked in particular under such famed teachers and researchers as  Anne Daye, Anne Cottis, Peggy Dixon, Ethyl Anderson, Marjorie Fennessy, Tom Cook and Alan Davies. In France she studied with Francine Lancelot, Andréa Francalancci and Barbara Sparti. At the end of the eighties, she founded AMARILLIS, a dance company meaning to bring to the public figure dances of the Stuarts’ time and the English inheritance, as well as some aspects of history and literature, with the collaboration of musicians and singers. AMARILLIS was replaced by CHESTNUT in 1998. CHESTNUT took over its predecessor’s artistic activities (creating dance and theatre shows), its teaching (preparing dancers for Balls through a rich program of workshops and classes) and its publication ones (CDs, dance descriptions, articles on Playford and modern dances). Over the years, Cécile LAYE has build up a strong experience as a dancing master and ball caller (French Renaissance balls/ English figure dances balls, or a mixture of both). She can pass on her taste for and pleasure in elegant dancing to beginners as well as seasoned dancers. Besides her activities in the field of dancing, Cécile Laye studied dramatic art and staging, graduating at Cours Florent. She also graduated at Eva Ruchpaul’s Yoga Institute and the Paris school of Gestalt-therapy. She played Shakespeare, Molière and Marivaux in Paris and elsewhere in France and takes part in creating new plays and shows, for children in particular. She draws on both sides of her extensive training, physical and artistic, to develop her teaching method. Her constant aim is to understand the needs of a given group and of each person making up the group, to build up a class so that each person gradually understands the dance, becomes aware of his/her body and its expressive capacities, be it during a lesson, a ball, or on stage.

Irène Feste

Irène FESTE

From an early age, Irène Feste trained in classical dance with J. Pelletier, Y. Meyer, S. Prince and M. Denard.After a Master Engineer in Telecommunications and Networks and her Diploma of teacher of Classical Dance, she discovered Belle Dance and Baroque Eloquence awith the Cie L’Eclat des Muses de C. Bayle (Le Ballet de la Merlaison).She was introduced to the Italian Renaissance style with B. Sparti and G. Giordano. She is a performer in France and at the International for: Divertimenty, Les Corps Eloquents, Le Baroque Nomade, La Tempesta, Doulce Mémoire, Il Ballo and is choreographer-interpreter of Cie Fantaisies Baroques, co-founded with P.-F. Dollé (Danceries en Fables, L’Ile des Esclaves, 1717: Les Honneurs faits au Tsar, Métamorphoses – le Chat Botté…) In 2013 and 2019, she choreographed for director Pascal Ruiz: Le Masque d’Or, Le Secret des Mémoires. In 2015, she participated in the BBC’s The King who invented Ballet, for the tercentenary of the death of Louis XIV. Artist performer, choreographer and dancing master, through her research (Centre National de la Danse – Aide à la Recherche et au Patrimoine en Danse 2013, Logo Dap2014, 2016, 2020), she contributes to the diffusion of ancient dance, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, during workshops in France and Europe, pedagogical and choreographic actions in schools and conservatories.
Since 2020, she has been choreographer and performer of the company Danses au (Pas)sé(Le Ballet des 5 Sens, a young audience performance).

Chestnut HéliosKine PF DOLLÉ

Pierre-François DOLLÉ

Pierre-François Dollé, after a multidisciplinary training at the Balettakademie in Cologne, he danced very contrasting repertoires within different companies which led him to work, among others, in Germany and England. Back in France, he obtained his DE as a dance teacher and crossed paths with Christine Bayle, with whom he created many ballets. He also dances for the company l’Eventail, and works with many choreographers, directors and conductors of the baroque stage. In various styles, he now has a sustained activity of choreographer, notably in collaboration with the company Cracovia Danza, the Arts Florissants or for productions in Japan, United States and Germany. He founded Cie Fantaisies Baroques, with Irène Feste, in 2007. In 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2020, he obtained the Aid for Research and Heritage in Dance from the Centre National de la Danse for research on dances from the early 17th century and on Empire and pre-Romantic styles.

 

All our instructors are PRO DA members :

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SCHEDULE


COURSE n° 1 / Schedule:

DatesMorning or afternoonEnglish Country Dances
Cécile LAYE
Baroque Dance
Irène FESTE
July 17Morning
Afternoon2.00pm - 4.15pm
BIPED dance studio
4.45pm - 7.00pm
BIPED dance studio
July 18Morning10.00am - 1.00pm
NOCES dance studio
Afternoon2.00pm - 5.00pm
NOCES dance studio
July 19Morning9.00am - 12.00am
BIPED dance studio
Afternoon2.00pm - 5.00pm
BIPED dance studio
July 20Morning9.00am - 12.00am
BIPED dance studio
Afternoon2.00pm - 5.00pm
BIPED dance studio
July 21Morning9.00am - 12.00am
MAY B dance studio
Afternoon2.00pm - 5.00pm
BIPED dance studio

COURSE n° 2 / Schedule:

DatesMorning or afternoonEnglish Country Dances
Cécile LAYE
Broque Dance
Pierre-François DOLLÉ
July 27Morning10.00am - 1.00pm
MAY B dance studio
Afternoon2.00pm - 5.00pm
BIPED dance studio
July 28Morning10.00am - 1.00pm
MAY B dance studio
Afternoon2.00pm - 5.00pm
BIPED dance studio
July 29Morning10.00am - 1.00pm
MAY B dance studio
Afternoon2.00pm - 5.00pm
BIPED dance studio
July 30Morning10.00am - 1.00pm
MAY B dance studio
Afternoon2.00pm - 5.00pm
BIPED dance studio
July 31Morning10.00am - 1.00pm
MAY B dance studio
Afternoon2.00pm - 5.00pm
MAY B dance studio

LOCATION


Located on rue Geoffroy l’Asnier in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, Micadanses studios are equipped and made available to amateur and professional dancers to host rehearsals, workshops, workshops and other meetings around dance.


FEES


Teaching Fees (€/pers.) : 

1 workshop  (15 hours) : 195 €

    2 workshops (30 hours) : 360 €


    HOW TO GET THERE


    Micadanses studios are located at different numbers on Geoffroy l’Asnier Street. Numbers and access codes will be communicated to you later after your registration.


    REGISTRATION


    Registration confirmation is confirmed by returning the registration form together with the amount of the deposit.

    Registration form COURSE n° 1 (July, 17 to 21): Course n° 1 Registration Form

    The deadline for enrolling in COURSE n° 1 is July 7 (receipt of your deposit must be credited on our account on this date)

    Registration form COURSE n° 2 (July, 27 to 31): Course n° 2 Registration Form

    The deadline for enrolling in COURSE n° 2 is July 17 (receipt of your deposit must be credited on our account on this date)


    DEPOSIT REFUND


    Depending on the health rules that will be in progress on the dates of the courses, three possibilities:

    1. The courses can take place without limitation number of attendees
    2. Courses must be conducted by limiting the number of attendees.
    3. courses must be cancelled. 

    In all cases, cancellation of courses or limitation of participants for health reasons, the deposit will be refunded in full.

    — > The persons selected to participate in the courses in case of limitation of the participants will be the first persons registered in order of arrival up to the number of possible participants. < ---

    For the moment, we are unable to know what the health conditions will be on the date of the courses. We invite you to check this page regularly for the latest information.

    CHESTNUT will keep the deposit only in case of renunciation of a registered person who can participate in the internship despite the possible restrictions mentioned above.


    CONTACT


    contact@chestnut.fr ou 0033 660 222 321


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