“300 Years On: A Dance Collection from the Reign of Louis XIV”
The historic origins of ballet are well-documented in textbooks, museums, literary and performance journals and on film and television. But we hardly ever get a chance to see a live performance of early choreography – there’s just not enough current companies who seek to interpret and re-stage court dances of the 1600 and 1700s. This made last night’s production of “300 Years On: A Dance Collection from the Reign of Louis XIV” such a rare delight. Here was Baroque music (performed by Musica Pacifica) combined with a number of that same period’s set dances (passepied, sarabande, gigue, rigaudon, etc.). For a couple of hours, the audience was transported back in time and journeyed to a place of opulence, sophistication and placed movement.
Throughout the evening, Musica Pacifica switched back and forth between solo pieces and dance accompaniment, each work demonstrating their unique Baroque sound.
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