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Baroque Dance at the Vancouver Bach Festival

By Rachel Silver Maddock

 

Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière is a Montréal-based multidisciplinary performer specializing in baroque dance, music and theatre. Her work as a baroque dancer brings centuries-old dance onstage into the centre of contemporary performance. In this video, Lacoursière rehearses and performs before an event presented by Les Idées heureuses in Montréal.

Lacoursière is performing as part of the Vancouver Bach Festival in Anna Magdalena Songbook- Home Suite Home on August 6 at Christ Church Cathedral. The work establishes the atmosphere of domestic music-making in the home of Anna Magdalena and Johann Sebastian Bach, beginning with their wedding in 1721. Along with Lacoursière’s baroque dance, the music is brought to life by soprano Ellen Hargis, two harpsichord/organs played by Christopher Bagan and Michael Jarvis and a baroque lute played by Lucas Harris.

Lacoursière is also artistic director of Les Jardins chorégraphiques, associate partner with Toronto Masque Theatre and Le Nouvel Opéra and a professor of gesture and baroque dance at the University of Montréal.

The Vancouver Bach Festival is presented by Early Music Vancouver. From August 2 through 12, the concerts will highlight some of the German composer’s most celebrated work, ranging from chamber music to large orchestral undertakings.

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