Hana SlačálkováHistorical dance (Baroque)
Studied dance theory at the Prague Academy of Arts.
Dedicates herself to expressive, modern, and, especially, historic dance. Since 1998, she works as a period dance and Baroque dance aesthetics professional.
As a dancer she co-operated with a number of important choreographers (such as Helena Kazárová, Dorothée Wortelboer, Marc Leclercq, Sigrid T´Hooft, and others), preparing Baroque opera reconstructions, as well as modern premieres of other 16th-18th C. important works. Togehter with her own dance group, for a number of years she performs mainly Baroque dance reconstructions at the Theatrum Kuks, Opera barocca and Festival barokních umění (Festival of Bnarioque Arts) festivals.
She composes entrees and dance suites for mainly Baroque opera performances, composes and reconstructs the original period choreographies.
About The Class
The class is intended for anyone who wants to get acquainted with the baroque dance technique. It is also suitable for those who have encountered baroque dance at various occasions, but lack the fundamentals. The lessons will primarily focus on the basic principles of the “danse noble”, which is how this style was called by dance masters at the court of Louis XIV. We will learn the basic movements and positions of the arms – port de bras- representing a complete novelty in comparison with the principles of the preceding Renaissance style. We will also practise some simple step patterns and learn to carry them out in spatial context. All experience and skills acquired will eventually be applied in some of the easier baroque dances.
Please, do not expect to learn a number of dances, as baroque dance cannot be mastered without the necessary technique. This is why this class is focused on adopting the basic principles and aesthetics of baroque dance.
The class is intended for students 15+