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Autumn is here and in Warsaw we are preparing for tomorrow’s premiere of Armide at Opera Kameralna. It’s our third version with Deda Cristina Colonna since Innsbruck and Potsdam, and I am so grateful to once again get the opportunity to put together a dream team of dancers and to work in such an inspiring environment. One of our Polish colleagues recently asked where we come from, and my answer went as follows:

"We are a Swedish company. The only Swede lives in France. The second person who speaks Swedish is actually half Spanish half German. There are two French, one with Polish origins, one half Italian half Vietnamese. Then there are two English, one lives in Germany and the other one in Czech Republic. Got it?"

When recently reading an article by Régine Astier on the daily life of professional dancers in Paris in the late 17th century, I felt a sudden and unexpected connection to my former colleagues. They danced, they choreographed, they acted, they joined forces and talents to respond to the demands of the market. They stayed flexible and adapted to new situations and expectations. The conclusion of the article could just as well be used for my baroque dance colleagues of today:

"The life of the professional dancers in the 17th century was that of a busy bee, a bit nomadic and unstable, but still quite livable and varied. Even though they generally didn’t make a fortune, they seem to not have been too worried about their life situation. Perhaps there is, after all, an « esprit de danseur » made up of courage, endurance, solidarity and a certain carefreeness."

So, does this kind of sociological connection with our dance ancestors make for historically informed performance practice? Well, that’s a discussion for later…Now: au travail/off to work/till arbetet.

Karin Modigh
Artistic Director

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Armide in Warsaw

"The absolutely magnificent troupe from Nordic Baroque Dancers is not an adventitious or ornamental element, but contributes fully to the rhetorical efficiency of the tragedy."
Classiquenews.com 2016

"…while the Nordic Baroque Dancers cavorted according to an insanely unruly and delightful choreography by Deda Cristina Colonna."
The Huffington Post 2015

"What would a French baroque opera be without dance elements? An egg without the yolk."
Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten 2016

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.

Performance dates: 5, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 14 November 2017

Stage direction and choreography: Deda Cristina Colonna
Conductor: Benjamin Bayl
Scenography and light design: Francesco Vitali
Singers: Marcelina Beucher, Aleksander Rewiński/Aleksander Kunach, Sylwia Krzysiek/Aleksandra Żakiewicz, Aleksandra Borkiewicz, Jarosław Bręk, Piotr Pieron, Tomasz Rak, Sylwester Smulczyński
Dancers: Romain Arreghini, Charlotte Bell, Guillaume Jablonka, Andrea Miltnerová, Karin Modigh, Adrian Navarro
Orchestra: Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense

Coproduction of the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik with the Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci in cooperation with the  Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.

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Le Destin du Nouveau Siècle

After 317 years of oblivion, André Campra's opera-ballet will see the light of the day, on the initiative of Patrick Bismuth and Ensemble La Tempesta. Karin Modigh will be part of a quartet of dancers choreographed by Irène Ginger.

Premiere on 15 December at L'Embarcadère d'Aubervilliers

Stage direction: Jean-Denis Laval
Choreography: Irène Ginger
Music direction: Patrick Bismuth
Orchestra: La Tempesta
Singers: Claire Lefilliâtre, Julie Hassler, Marc Mauillon, Jean-François Novelli, Thomas Van Essen
Dancers: Irène Feste, Hubert Hazebroucq, Guillaume Jablonka, Karin Modigh

Read more in French

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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 announce 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

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Calendar

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
Armide

Thursday 9 November, Warsaw Opera Kameralna, Poland
Armide

Friday 10 November, Warsaw Opera Kameralna, Poland
Armide

Sunday 12 November, Warsaw Opera Kameralna, Poland
Armide

Tuesday 14 November, Warsaw Opera Kameralna, Poland
Armide

Friday 15 December, L'Embarcadère d'Aubervilliers, Paris, France
Le Destin du Nouveau Siècle, opera-ballet by Campra, choreography by Irène Ginger

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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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