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 Post subject: NYBDC press release
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:47 pm 

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The New York Baroque
Dance Company
1361 Madison Avenue, #3F
New York, NY 10128
(212)9961248 fax

Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director

For immediate release
For information contact:
Tonya Assid

July 23, 2006

The New York Baroque Dance Company and Concert Royal
"Mozart Dances!"

The New York Baroque Dance Company and Concert Royal in their 30th season together
celebrate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's anniversary with the New York City premiere of
Invisible Dances , a dance suite from Idomeneo, Mozart's only ballet: Les Petits
Riens and Piano Concerto in A Major, K414 featuring James Richman on fortepiano.

The New York Baroque Dance Company, Artistic Director and Choreographer: Catherine
Turocy, will appear with company dancers Patricia Beaman, Caroline Copeland, Sarah
Edgar, Rachel List, Jay Brenneman III, Terry Duncan, Jason Melms and Timothy
Wilson. They will be joined by Concert Royal with James Richman, Artistic

Performances will take place on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 at
8pm at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are
available for $30 ($25 FIAF Members) from the Florence Gould Box Office or by
phone from TICKETMASTER 212-307-4100. For further information call 212-355-6160 or
visit The New York Baroque Dance Company website:

Mozart Dances! is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the
National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to FIAF and the Catskill Mountain

Invisible Dances (New York premiere) consists of the Passepied and Gavotte cut
from the opera, Idomeneo, at the time of its premiere and the famous chaconne
which closes the opera. The title of this ballet refers to the fact that these
dances are rarely performed in staged productions of the opera. This ballet music
is some of Mozart's finest work and reflects the transition in ballet as it grows
further from the ballroom style into more virtuosic leaps, multiple turns and
lifts to the tips of the toes for sustained balances. Mozart's score of the final
chaconne includes indications of corps de ballet and specific soloists for each
section of the music. This structure was followed by Ms. Turocy and reveals a
surprising effect as the demi-character expressive solos and duets emerge from the
more typical rondeau patterns for the corps.

The Piano Concerto in A Major, K414 will be given in its quartet version,
showcasing James Richman, fortepiano and members of Concert Royal.

Les Petits Riens, Mozart's only ballet, is a comic frolic involving Cupid, an
oversized birdcage, gentle folk and a cross-dresser. First choreographed by Jean
Georges Noverre (dance teacher of Mozart and Marie Antoinette), Ms. Turocy's
period interpretation springs forth from original descriptions of the pantomimic
ballet, a romantic comedy of popular delight!

Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director, began her training in classical ballet,
joining the Cleveland Ballet at age 13. Her first professional choreography was
commissioned 4 years later. Attending college at Ohio State University she danced
in both modern and historical companies. She is grateful for her studies with Alex
Martin, John Begg, Kathy Karipedes, Ruth Currier, Peter Saul and Lynn Dally in
choreography, Lucy Venable in notation and Shirley Wynne in historical dance.
After college Ms. Turocy produced her modern and historical choreographies in NYC,
eventually founding The New York Baroque Dance Company in 1976 with Ann Jacoby.
Since then she has been decorated by the French Republic as a knight in the Order
of Arts and Letters, she earned a BESSIE for sustained choreographic achievement
and her work has been seen internationally in festivals and on television across
Europe and Asia. The NYBDC is internationally recognized as one of the leading
companies in
historical performance and is the only professional company of its kind in North
America dedicated to developing professional dancers in historical styles,
producing period operas and ballets and developing educational dance programs for
professionals and the general public. The NYBDC is grateful for continued
collaborations with international conductors including Christopher Hogwood, John
Eliot Gardiner, Nicholas McGegan and James Richman.

In the 2005-2006 performance season the NYBDC has taken Homage to Marie Salle to
the theater of Frederick the Great in Sans Souci, Germany and to residencies at
Bard College, Simon's Rock College and Indiana University. In May of 2006 Ms.
Turocy was commissioned by Opera Lafayette to choreograph Mozart's opera,
Idomeneo, for 8 dancers of the NYBDC. The premiere at the Clarice Smith Performing
Arts Center in College Park, Maryland, was enthusiastically received. Three dances
of this opera, along with Mozart's only ballet, Les Petits Riens, are to be
documented for use by ballet companies as part of the "Monteverdi to Mozart
Project" funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The MMP is a NYBDC
initiative to market dances from the NYBDC repertoire which would be of interest
to standard (non-historical) ballet companies. The goal is to package historical
choreographies and to encourage mainstream dance companies to include these works
in their own repertoire much as a
symphony orchestra season includes works of Bach and Mozart alongside later and
contemporary composers. News of this project will follow in a separate press

"But even in concert form, with elegant dances, this Idomeneo came alive with more
drama and intensity than you are likely to find in any formal opera house." Tom
Huizenga of the Washington Post reviewing the world premiere of Idomeneo
(Invisible Dances) with the New York Baroque Dance Company and Opera Lafayette
directed by Ryan Brown - 2006

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