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Il Ballarino: The Art of Renaissance Dance

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Learn authentic Renaissance court dances and the gestures and step vocabulary associated with them from Il Ballarino, the first instructional DVD of its kind.

Watch as steps are demonstrated and described, reconstructed by noted dance historian Julia Sutton from dance materials of the 16th century Italian masters Fabritio Caroso and Cesare Negri. Then see both couple and group dances performed in full costume, accompanied by period musical instruments.

Demonstration of Steps
A dance for two: So Ben Mi Chi Ha Buon Tempo
("I Know Who Is Having a Good Time")
A dance for three: Allegrezza d'Amore ("The Joys of Love")
A dance for four couples: La Caccia d'Amore ("The Hunt of Love")

Julia Sutton, Ph.D., chaired the New England Conservatory of Music's history/musicology department for more than twenty years and was also director of the Collegium Terpsichore.
She is now involved full-time in dance research, reconstruction and performances.

Patricia Rader (performer) has been specializing in the performance, teaching and
choreographing of historical dance since 1975 in the Court Dance Company of New York and at Mannes College of Music, among other places.

Charles Perrier (performer) has been a historical dancer, choreographer and teacher since he joined San Francisco s Court Revels in 1970. He haws appeared in the Pennsylvania Orchestra's "Renaissance Revisited" and was in the national tour of This Wooden O, sponsored by Shakespeare Globe Center and televised by the BBC.

Musicians: Tom Zajac (recorder, flute, percussion instruments); Grant Herreid (lute);
Karen Hansen (violin); Paul Shipper (plucked instruments). All are recognized specialists
in early music.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Patricia Rader (performer), Charles Perrier (performer), Tom Zajac (recorder, flute, percussion instruments)
  • Directors: Julia Sutton, Johannes Holub
  • Format: Multiple Formats, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Princeton Book Co Pub
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 33 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 0871273217
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on August 24, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This video is very informative and gives a basic overview of a few popular Italian dances of the 16th century, displaying several variations on steps and some lovely dance patterns. It is an excellent companion to the Negri & Caroso dance books. I only wish there were more instructional tapes like this on Renaissance dances.
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