Dance of the Nations

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Dance of the Nations
  • Overview

    Nicolette Moonen’s Bach Players join hands with Ricardo Barros to present a concert that embodies the European idea in music and dance.

    Musicians have always travelled, both in mind and in body, and this programme will take you on a journey across the Continent; from Russia and Turkey, through Switzerland, Italy, France, and on to Spain and Portugal. Our performers come from Brazil, Britain, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. The music will be both played and danced to, providing an enjoyable reminder that dance was fundamental to music in the Baroque period, and part of the fabric of everyday life then. Telemann’s suite Les Nations, in which the characters of European countries are depicted in music, is followed by Rebel’s Les caractères de la danse: A compendium of the main dance forms of the period, performed by Ricardo Barros. In Telemann’s ‘burlesque’ of Don Quichotte. The Spanish nobleman of Cervantes’s novel lives in an imaginary world in which he chases windmills and hankers after sweet Dulcinée. He prefers his fantasies to the reality of the world. A fable for the times in which we live? The concert concludes with Vivaldi’s passionate and hugely popular set of variations on La Follia takes on fresh meanings when danced out.

    The Bach Players

    Ricardo Barros – baroque dance and choreography
    Nicolette Moonen – violin and director
    Anna Curzon – violin
    Rachel Stott – viola
    Olaf Reimers – cello
    Silas Wollston –harpsichord

    Age: All

    Running time: 120 minutes, plus an interval

  • Booking

    TICKETS: £17.50 Family ticket: £45, 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children
    Family ticket only bookable over the phone or in person.
    BOOKINGS: Online booking is now closed. For door tickets please visit The Garage, or call reception on 01603 283382.

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