« Layers of history » 

These words have crossed my mind so many times during the last few months, that I have come to think of them as a signature phrase for my work.

I have the privilege of working with dance forms that fell out of use, were forgotten, then awakened in the 20th century, and then turned into a living, ever-evolving contemporary practice tradition. It is happening and changing now, in an ongoing dialogue between the resources and our times. Layers of history.

Some flashbacks from the past summer, which has been exceptionally rich, inspiring and intense:
When training a new generation of Swedish baroque dancers for next year’s production in Vadstena. When studying with a dancer who interpreted the same solo with three different choreographers, all initially trained by Francine Lancelot, sharing his experience at the Summer Academy at Löftadalen. When working on pieces using the baroque dance technique in contemporary choreography practices. When taking part in the conference on the 1717 Taubert manuscript at Centre National de la Danse, with 25 dancers and researchers from all over the world, questioning their habits in an open-minded atmosphere. When being part of creating a federation for professional early dance practitioners in France. And now, when performing baroque dance in South Korea, where traditions so clearly meet the future. Layers of history.

Thank you for reading our newsletter and hope to see you at an upcoming performance!

Karin Modigh
Artistic director


Karin Modigh has been invited by Bernd Niedecken to perform Feuillet-notated repertoire dances, as well as new choreographies, at the opening concert of Chuncheon International Early Music Festival on 23 September. They will also give a masterclass in baroque dance.

Dancers: Bernd Niedecken and Karin Modigh
Conductor/harpsichord: Ricardo Magnus
First violin: German Chamorro
Oboe: Masamitsu Sannomia

Chuncheon Festival Ensemble


Armide revival in Warsaw

Deda Cristina Colonna’s production of Lully's Armide, featuring Nordic Baroque Dancers, will get a new life at Opera Kameralna in Warsaw in November. For this revival we welcome Charlotte Bell and Romain Arreghini to join the team of dancers.

Stage direction and choreography: Deda Cristina Colonna
Conductor: Benjamin Bayl
Scenography and light design: Francesco Vitali
Dancers: Romain Arreghini, Charlotte Bell, Guillaume Jablonka, Andrea Miltnerová, Karin Modigh, Adrian Navarro


The 1598 madrigal comedy La Pazzia Senile by Banchieri, performed in a staged version by Ensemble Serikon at Trollhättan Early Music Festival in May, will be revived in Copenhagen and Gothenburg on 1 and 2 November.

Music direction and concept: Daniel Stighäll
Stage direction: Tuvalisa Rangström
Set design: Pia Davidson

Karin Modigh (pantomime/dancing), Per Buhre (pantomime/singing/violin), Ingeborg Dalheim (singing/pantomime), Daniel Ralphsson (singing/pantomime), Karl Peter Eriksson (singing), Lene Langballe (flutes/cornett), Emelie Roos (flutes), Daniel Stighäll (trombone), Dohyo Sol (lute/theorbo/baroque guitar), Gilbert Martinez (harpsichord)




Auditions for Vadstena-Akademien

In November, Vadstena-Akademien will audition singers and musicians for the 2018 French baroque production. Application deadline is 3 November.

Stage direction and choreography: Karin Modigh
Music direction: Dan Laurin
Stage and costume design: Anna Kjellsdotter

Read more here


Dates for the Summer Academy 2018

Tempus Fugit! Four years of the International Summer Academy have passed and we are heading into our 5th anniversary in 2018. The full programme will be released and registrations will open in early January, but we are happy to already be able to release the dates:

22-28 July (beginners/intermediates)
5-11 August (advanced/professional)

Last summer we had 60 participants from 15 countries, and we hope for 2018 to be just as rich in exchange and experience!

Read more about the Summer Academy



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

Sunday 24 September, Chuncheon International Early Music Festival, South Korea
Master class in baroque dance with Karin Modigh and Bernd Niedecken

Wednesday 1 November at 19:30, Nordic Network for Early Opera, Koncertkirken Copenhagen, Denmark
La Pazzia Senile, madrigal comedy by Adriano Banchieri from 1598. 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

Sunday 5 November, Warsaw Opera Kameralna, Poland
Armide, opera by Lully, stage direction and choreography by Deda Cristina Colonna

Wednesday 8 November, Warsaw Opera Kameralna, Poland

Thursday 9 November, Warsaw Opera Kameralna, Poland

Friday 10 November, Warsaw Opera Kameralna, Poland

Sunday 12 November, Warsaw Opera Kameralna, Poland

Tuesday 14 November, Warsaw Opera Kameralna, Poland


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.