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The Hungry Harlequin, a Pantomime
Inspired by Jacques Callot at the court of the Medici Family

Dancers: Matthew Buffalo, Carly Fox, Meggi Sweeney Smith, Gregory Youdan
Choreographer: Catherine Turocy
Music:  a compilation of Renaissance dance tunes

When the Commedia dell’Arte troupes came to town during the 1500’s and 1600’s, they often performed outside in the market place.  Their loosely woven improvisational plots were full of characters from everyday life: merchants, servants, lovers, musicians, masters, priests and captains.  These troupes were of the Italian comic tradition harkening back to Roman times.  Some say the commedia never died and indeed, with the recent revival of historical arts, one still sees actors and dancers  bringing laughter and amusement to their audience.
The Hungry Harlequin, a Pantomime,  brings to life the antics of the Harlequin, Mezzetino, Isabella and Flavio through dance and mimetic gesture. Created with children in mind, this event will be a delightful introduction to Italian commedia dell’arte.

Location: the Children’s Garden
When: Memorial Day Weekend: May 25-27 with repeat performances July 4,5,6,7 and  August 31 and September 1 and 2.
Time: 12pm and 2pm with a dance lesson for the children at 1pm and 3pm. 
Cultivating the Inner Courtier
Musician: Paul Shipper
Dancers:  Meggi Sweeney Smith and Gregory Youdan

The study of music and dance were key to the cultivation of a noble courtier.  All state occasions such as royal weddings and births, official visits of foreign dignitaries and victories at war, were celebrated in the ballroom.  Proper etiquette, courtly manners and knowledge of the current dances were expected of every member of the court.  Improvisation in both music and dance displayed the wit and character of the performer.  In other words, anyone attending the ball was not only enjoying the evening but was also on display to society.

Imagine you are guests at the Court of the Duke and Duchess of Parma in the year 1600.  Dancing Master, Fabritio Caroso has recently sent a copy of his soon -to- be published manuscript from Venice in which he describes your favorite dances in detail. To give you a sense of the manners at court, the performers will paraphrase  excerpts  from this important manuscript as they demonstrate a pavan and galliard and dance the beautiful
Laura Suave, a ballo dedicated to Christina Lorena de Medici. Paul Shipper will also talk about his instruments and music.  A Q&A will complete this enticing event.

Location: Ross Hall
When: Memorial Day Weekend May 25, 26 and 27, repeat performances July 6 and 7, and August 31 and September 1 and 2.
Time: 1pm and 3pm