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Paris is hit by a tropical heatwave. It's 35°C outside and in the dance studio it's nearly the same. But when the creativity wave rolls in, it doesn't matter. I just sweat litres for each pas de bourrée.

My choreography is currently taking shape at the conservatory of Bagnolet, one of the less fashionable suburbs of Paris, In this very same dance studio, an exchange project with choreography by Ivo Cramér took place a couple of years ago. Students from Löftadalen Conservatory rehearsed and performed with students from this multicultural Parisian suburb. One of the Swedish dancers in the production that I'm currently creating for, was part of the project. Time and space...

In a few days, I will be back in Sweden to welcome students from 15 countries to our Summer Academy at Löftadalen, accompanied by the fresh sea breeze. But until then, I keep drinking water and squeeze out the last drops of inspiration from my home town. A triumphal arch here, a garden shape there. And whenever I get stuck, I'm lucky to have friends and colleagues who can find answers to even the most detailed and specific questions. Because, as the quote attributed to Picasso goes:

"Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist."

Keep training, watching, reading, listening, feeling. Keep learning. And then break the rules.

Thank you for reading our newsletter, wish you a beautiful summer and hope to see you around!

Karin Modigh
Artistic director

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New production: Dialects/Dialogues

Choreography: Noah Hellwig/Karin Modigh (Récréation), Marie-Geneviève Massé (Les Caractères de la Danse), Deda Cristina Colonna (Orphée)
Music: J-M Leclair, J-F Rebel, J-P Rameau

Dialects/Dialogues is a dance concert conceived and performed by Karin Modigh and Noah Hellwig. It will show off different dialects within contemporary baroque dance, not only dialoguing with each other, but also with the musicians specifically chosen for their experience of playing to dance. It includes new pieces by some of today’s most interesting choreographers basing their work on the baroque dance technique.

Dialects/Dialogues will premiere in a first version at the festival Valle Baroque in Sweden on 19 August 2017, in collaboration with a French-Scandinavian baroque ensemble directed by cellist Tormod Dalen.

Musicians: Alice Pierot (violin), Renata Lobo Kubala (violin), Torun Torbo (traverso), Tormod Dalen (basse de violon), Lars Henrik Johansen (harpsichord)
Costume design: Meriem Bahri
Production photo: Hannah Hellwig

Dialects/Dialogues has received support from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and the International Dance Programme.

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Dance team for the Vadstena production

We wish to congratulate the seven dancers who passed the auditions for the baroque dance production with Vadstena Academy! Training and rehearsals start this summer, and main production period takes place in 2018.

Congratulations to Julia Bengtsson, Rebecca Bernefjell, Niklas Fransson, Matilda Larsson, Flavio Papini, Mathias Terwander Stintzing and Lilly Zetterberg.

There will be an open rehearsal on 15 July, and a presentation at Vadstena Castle on 17 July.

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Feature article on baroque dance in the Swedish Dance Magazine

Feature article on baroque dance in the Swedish Dance Magazine

The Swedish Dance Magazine, Danstidningen, published an 11 pages feature article on baroque dance in their 2/2017 issue, based on interviews with Karin Modigh. Get a glimpse of the content here, and contact Danstidningen if you want to order the whole magazine.

 

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Interview with Karin Modigh in Epoch Times

"Dansarna ger ett lekfullt intryck. Identiskt klädda, enkelt i duvblått, speglar Karin Modigh och Noah Hellwig varandra. De svävar i luften, flyter fram över golvet och hoppar hage till satser ur François Couperins Les Concerts Royaux… Alltid med barockens stiliserade elegans."

 Read the full report/interview by Susanne W Lamm (in Swedish)

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Summer Academy coming up in a few days

This year we welcome 60 baroque dance students from 15 countries. Looking forward!

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Calendar

Sunday 25 June – Saturday 1 July, Löftadalen Conservatory, Sweden
International Summer Academy of Baroque Dance, beginners and intermediate level

Sunday 9 – Saturday 15 July, Löftadalen Conservatory, Sweden
International Summer Academy of Baroque Dance, advanced and professional level

Tuesday 25 July, Vadstena-Akademien, Sweden
Open rehearsal with the dancers of Vadstena Academy

Thursday 27 July, Vadstena-Akademien, Sweden
Presentation of the rehearsals for the baroque dance production at Vadstena Castle in 2018. Choreography and stage direction by Karin Modigh.

Sunday 13 August, Change Music Festival at Magasinet/Tjolöholms Slott, Halland, Sweden
Dance concert with the chamber music concept Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble, choreography and dance by Noah Hellwig and Karin Modigh

Friday 18 August, Valle Baroque Festival, Sweden
Contre dance instruction with Karin Modigh at Krååks Herrgård

Saturday 19 August, Valle Baroque Festival at Löfwings ateljé, Västergötland, Sweden
Dialects/Dialogues, dance concert with choreography by Marie-Geneviève Massé, Karin Modigh and Noah Hellwig. Music ensemble under the direction of cellist Tormod Dalen, dancers Noah Hellwig and Karin Modigh.

Saturday 23 September, Chuncheon International Early Music Festival, South Korea
Festival opening with Karin Modigh and Bernd Niedecken

Wednesday 1 November, Copenhagen Renaissance Festival, Koncertkirken Copenhagen, Denmark
La Pazzia Senile, madrigal comedy with Ensemble Serikon directed by Daniel Stighäll, stage direction by Tuvalisa Rangström, acting by Karin Modigh and Per Buhre.

Thursday 2 November, Frölunda kulturhus, Gothenburg, Sweden
La Pazzia Senile

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Nordic Baroque Dancers is a Sweden-based company directed by Karin Modigh, herself living in Paris.

We work with different choreographers and project-based teams in a variety of contexts. Our vision is to nurture and broaden the view of baroque dance.

Be it productions based on choreographies from the Feuillet-notated repertoire, or new creations using the baroque aesthetic as a point of departure, the work is driven by the conviction that the 17th and 18th-century dance arts have an intrinsic value, independently of their historical context.

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