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Baroque Dance and The Golden Nautilus
Wednesday, November 30
Baroque expert Catherine Turocy will examine the connections between the geometry used in 17th and 18th century architecture, painting and design and its resonance in the art of dance. The structure of the Nautilus is considered sacred geometry, the Golden Mean, represented by the Greek letter phi, one of those mysterious natural numbers that seems to arise out of the basic structure of our cosmos.
Turocy will look into the Golden Nautilus from her perspective as a dancer, choreographer and stage director. One will begin to understand how these designs are still of primary interest today. The evening will include From Parquet to Parterre, a 14-minute video lecture developed by Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director of The New York Baroque Dance Company, in conjunction with Barnard College. Turocy will present the video and discuss the philosophical origins of art and how these ideals are reflected in both dance and garden design.
Following the video a dance demonstration in costume with two members of her company will take place.
Catherine Turocy is co-founder of The New York Baroque Dance Company, celebrating its 40th Anniversary season in 2016-17. The French Republic has decorated Ms. Turocy as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. Receiving numerous NEA awards, the BESSIE (NYC dance award) and international recognition as a choreographer and stage director, Turocy continues to lead the future of historical dance performance.
Photo by Mark Gillespie