Andrea Miltnerová
Baroque dance


Andrea Miltnerová is a British dancer and choreographer of Czech origin, who lives in Prague. In addition to her contemporary dance creations, Andrea specialises in baroque dance and its creative fusion with other techniques. She was born and trained in London and came to Prague to dance with the Ballet of the National Theatre. She also collaborates as a performer with various Czech and foreign choreographers.
Her contemporary dance solo Dance of the Magnetic Ballerina was selected by the prestigious European network Aerowaves and has been presented to critical acclaim at numerous festivals and theatres throughout Europe for example in England, Scotland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Romania, Finland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Her solo Tranzmutation, directed by Jan Komárek, was awarded the European Move-Award quality label and has toured to Slovenia, Holland, Spain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
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. Last summer she directed Praga Nascente da Libussa e Primislao for Musica Florea which was performed both in Prague and Poland.

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.

Suggested Repertoire

Francesco Geminiani: Concerto grosso No. 5 in G minor.

Level Of Skills Required

Advanced & professionals

What to wear

preferably socks (I recommend cotton - they slip less), or soft dance shoes and comfortable clothing which is not too loose, so that I can see the body at work (no skirts please).

Maximum number of students

20

Teaching Languages

Czech, English

Active Participants – Baroque dance