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Les Caractères : a master work of historical significance from 1715
Gibney Dance Center, 280
New York City, NY
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Jun 25, 2020 10:00 AM

Admission Level Price Quantity
Student $350.00 ($368.49 w/service fee)
Student rate (age 18-25) includes $25 non-refundable registration fee  
Teacher $350.00 ($368.49 w/service fee)
Teacher rate for teachers bringing at least 2 students.  
General $425.00 ($447.24 w/service fee)
Standard rate (age 26 and up) includes $25 non-refundable registration fee  
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Les Caractères : a master work of historical significance from 1715
The New York Baroque Dance Company is producing a 4 day workshop  in NYC at Gibney Dance 280 Broadway and Chambers Street, from June 25-28, 2020.

The exact times are
Thursday June 25 from 10-6
Friday June 26 from 10-6
Saturday June 27 from 10-6
Sunday June 28 from 10-6

Honoring the Women's Suffrage Centennial in 2020, Les Caractères/Diversity and Transformation is a workshop exploring one of the first professional women choreographers, Françoise Prevost, and her iconic creation, "Les Caractères de la Danse."

Original descriptions of this dance can be found in the Mercure de France Paris Journal and what is described is a unique portrayal by one dancer of 11 different faces of humankind; young and old, men and women, privileged and vulnerable.

Françoise Prevost, a principal dancer at the Paris Opera passed this work on to her pupils, the famous Maries, Camargo and Sallé, who both created their own versions and passed the work onto to the next generation of performers in Europe.  These original choreographies by women reflected social and theatrical practices of 18th century France.

Catherine Turocy, internationally celebrated for her work in Baroque dance, will teach her original period choreography as a way of introducing the students to Baroque compositional structure and the art of performing.

The ability to perform such a dance demands a state of transformation from the dancer. The changes are not made with costumes or masks or props. The performers must own all the characters and emotions within their being, connected by a line of energy. Discovering this line of energy which allows the performer to shift on a breath, builds empathy for these characters both in the performer and in the audience. The truth of this statement was discovered by Turocy in her January 2019 workshop at ODC in San Francisco where she taught this dance for the first time to dancers outside of her company. The students felt enriched by a common humanity by broadening their understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.

In addition to learning historical choreography and in an effort to bridge historical concepts with today's multicultural society, master teachers will conduct an interactive presentation on "characters" from African Haitian dance (Marcea Daiter), Ballet Folklorico/Hispanic heritage (Roberto Lara), and Gender bending in the Burlesque (Joe Williams and Roberto Lara).

On the last day of the workshop in the afternoon session, students will choose between creating their own dances of characters that represent America in 2020-21 or writing a reflection on "characters" in today's society.  We are asking Joe Williams, an expert in Delsarte, to assist in coaching the students. And through sharing the template of this famous work with the current generation of dancers, we hope to facilitate honest discussions of current and past ideas of gender, social class and age and a safe creative space for performers to explore identity in all its complexity.

This workshop is intended for dancers (in any dance style: performers, teachers, choreographers and writers), musicians (with movement experience: instrumentalists, composers, directors and singers) and actors (performers, directors and writers). For people who have no dance or movement training or who are no longer actively moving, there is an option to audit, however places are limited. In this case contact Ms. Turocy at

TUITION : 4 days of classes from morning until night in a friendly, supportive environment suitable for intermediate levels and above.   (Students are responsible for finding their own housing. Hotels, hostels, airbnb, vacation rental by owner, there are many options.)

$425  Standard rate (age 26 and up) includes $25 non-refundable registration fee

$350  Student rate (age 18-25) includes $25 non-refundable registration fee

For the teacher rate below we will need a letter by email describing your student's status. The student can register online. However, your registration and payment will go directly through the NYBDC.

$350  Teacher rate for teachers bringing at least 2 students.

Contact person: Catherine Turocy


Gibney Dance Center, 280 (View)
280 Broadway
New York City, NY 10007
United States


Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Arts > Dance
Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Education > Workshops
Music > All Ages
Social > LGBT

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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