Renaissance Dance and Music in Seattle

International artists Maxine Eilander (Harp) and Anna Mansbridge (Dance) come together to present a unique evening of divine music and splendid dancing from the Renaissance and Baroque periods — “Euterpe and Terpsichore: Goddesses of Music and Dance” — from Seattle’s Early Music Guild. They perform in sumptuous costumes, and these two real goddesses of the arts will transport you to another world of beauty, grace, wonder and joy.

Music was recorded long before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. In written form, music was preserved and played from. But, what most of us forget is that dance, too, can be “written down.” Choreographers do it all the time, and in this way, dance is shared and preserved, too, before photography and videography could preserve it in real-time.

In the late Renaissance and Baroque periods in Europe, there was a vigorous market for notated dance. Fashionable people in the provinces sought to imitate the entertainments of the rich, sophisticated and the Court.

So, tonight, dancer-choreographer Anna Mansbridge joins with harpist Maxine Eilander to lift the veil on this all-but-forgotten world! This concert includes works created for dancing ladies and their gentlemen partners of more than 300 years ago.

Graceful dancing was a part of every well-to-do young woman’s (and young man’s) formal education. Recall all those hotly-anticipated cotillions and balls in the novels of Jane Austen and Margaret Mitchell in “Gone With the Wind”).

Professional dancers existed in a few great cities like London, Paris and Vienna, but the twin arts of stage and social dancing didn’t really begin to diverge until the early 19th century. Then, Marie Taglioni rose to toe-tip in “La Sylphide” and changed the ballet forever.

But tonight, you will be transported 300 years back to the last times to see and hear and celebrate a forgotten world, where everybody danced, from the king and queen to the “common folk”.

You can learn more about Seattle-based, Dutch-born Maxine Eilander and the myriad of special harps she plays at:
Maxine Eilander, Harpist

Learn more about Seattle-based, British-born Anna Mansbridge at:
Seattle choreographer, Anna Mansbridge

Tonight, Tuesday, April 6, 2010 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Tickets: $25 / $20 / $10 at the link below or call 206-325-7066
Trinity Parish Church, 609 Eighth Avenue, Seattle
Seattle Early Music Guild
Free parking is available in the UPark lot between 7th and 8th, and Columbia and Marion.

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