Capella de la Torre and Cracovia Danza Ballet
CapellaCALLS_Poland is an international artistic and research project. Marie-Claire BĂ€r Le Corre, Pierre-FranĂ§ois DollĂ© and Romana Agnel â choreographers from Germany, France and Poland who specialise in early dance â have undertaken the reconstruction of dance forms from 17th century treatises to the music of Michael Praetorius. They have studied famous compositions of the German master of the early Baroque from the Terpsichore collection (1612). To this day the Praetorius cycle, containing dances of various nations, is regarded as one of the most interesting monuments of dance music from the early 17th century.
With the help of the choreographers, Praetoriusâ works have been complemented with dance forms. This has been possible thanks to a careful analysis of choreographic notations from the treatise entitled L'Instruction pour dancerÂ (1610), which has been recently found in Darmstadt, and also from the two previously known treatises of the time: Ercole Santucci Perugino's Mastro da BalloÂ (1614) and FranĂ§ois de Lauze's Apologie de la danseÂ (1623).
âThe process of reconstructing has been extremely difficult. The information about steps and figures of particular dances is descriptive in the treatises. So, in the beginning, you must read this information well and imagine it in space,â says Romana Agnel. âTo do that, you need a detailed knowledge of all the dances and how a particular dance looked earlier and later,â she adds.
The dances, known so far only in their musical version, have received the choreographic supplement thanks to the combined efforts of the musicians of the well-known and admired Capella de la Torre and the dancers of the Cracovia Danza Ballet, the only professional Polish company which specialises in early dance. The work of this international group of artists has resulted in adding dance form to Praetoriusâ music for the first time in several hundred years.
CapellaCALLS_Poland is a recording of two months of work of musicians, choreographers and dancers (performed online due to the pandemic). The film shows how dances performed in Praetoriusâ time might have sounded and looked. In addition to the music and dances, the film also features conversations between the artists, revealing the behind-the-scenes of their collaborative reconstructing process as well as their artistic investigations and creations.
CapellaCALLS_Poland is part of a larger project run by Capella de la Torre ensemble called CapellaCALLS_Europe. At the same time, CapellaCALLS_Poland project is a prelude to a joint theatre performance called âPraetorius Tanzâ. The same line-up of artists will, perhaps later this year in Krakow, present a dancing version of Praetorius.
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partner of the project: Insytut Kultury Willa Decjusza