London Handel Players: 'Baroque Rebellion'
Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
£12 (£10 in advance)
Friday day ticket £16
Free to BCU Staff & Students (advanced booking required)
Director Adrian Butterfield
Mary Collins and Steven Player baroque dancers
Louis XIV of France had a passion for dance that inspired many of Europe's baroque composers to write exquisite dance music. Having spent much of his reign at war with the rest of Europe perhaps Louis' real victory lay in the gradual spread of the French style of ‘La Belle Danse’ that he had espoused. By the end of Louis' reign the royal mâitre à danseur, Pierre Rameau, could write that “there is not a single court in Europe where the dancing-master is not French”.
The rediscovery of these dances is leading to a new understanding of dance music and, in turn, a fresh perspective on the great composers of the baroque era. The London Handel Players have been collaborating with Mary Collins and Steven Player for a number of years recreating original choreographies and bringing baroque dance music to life for today’s audiences in a thrilling and entertaining way.
Part of Birmingham International Recorder and Early Music Festival http://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/events-calendar/recorder-fest