Andrea MiltnerováHistorical dance - baroque
British dancer and choreographer of Czech origin, based in Prague. She was born and trained in London and came to Prague to dance with the Ballet of the National Theatre. Her contemporary dance solos Dance of the Magnetic Ballerina (selected by the prestigious European network Aerowaves) and Tranzmutation, directed by Jan Komárek, (European Move-Award quality label) have been presented to critical acclaim at numerous festivals and theatres throughout Europe.
Andrea’s deep interest in the baroque led her to collaborate on the reconstruction of baroque operas and to create her own performances based on movement analysis and ethnochoreographic research. She has worked as a director, choreographer and dancer with the early music ensembles Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum and Musica Florea. She has danced in baroque operas at the National Theatre in Prague, in Český Krumlov and Litomyšl and in Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. She regularly worked with French choreographer Françoise Denieau, performing in her opera collaborations: Rinaldo, Egisto, Vénus et Adonis and Rameau – Maître à danser (Les Arts Florissants) throughout France, including Paris (Opéra Comique) and Versailles (Opéra Royale) and in Luxembourg, Switzerland (Opéra Lausanne), Seoul, London (The Barbican), Moscow (Bolshoi) and New York (BAM).
In 2017 Andrea created the choreography for Vivaldi’s opera Arsilda (Collegium 1704, conductor Václav Luks, director David Radok) which premiered in Bratislava and toured to Lille, Luxembourg, Caen and Versailles to critical acclaim.
In 2019 she directed and created the choreography for the opera Praga Nascente da Libussa e Primisla for Musica Florea and in 2021 she directed and choreographed the opera Farnace (Vivaldi). The latter was perfomed in Prague, Poland and Valtice to very favourable reviews.
Andrea also worked as choreographer and movement coach to Scarlett Johansson in the 2019 film Jojo Rabbit.
About The Class
The workshop is intended for dancers with experience in baroque dance. Each day will begin with a carefully structured class, during which we will ‘tune’ the body and focus on its relationship to space. We will also concentrate specifically on baroque dance technique: on the precision and expressiveness of both leg work and ‘ports de bras’ in co-ordination with the whole body so that what emerges is a flowing, natural baroque dancing body.
Having prepared the ‘instrument’ we will spend the rest of the session on creation and together create a choreography using baroque principles of space, the baroque dance movement vocabulary and aesthetic, but allowing a contemporary attitude to structure to influence the process. A particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of movement.
Baroque dance class will take place in the afternoon.