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THUR. 20- SUN.23 APRIL — JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA
THURSDAY 20 APRIL 2017
3-eras-in-one-day dance preview
at Canberra Baptist Church Hall, Currie St. Kingston
$30 for Jane Austen Festival Ticket Holders $90 for non-festival attendees
For novices and experienced dancers alike to enjoy building skills and exploring steps, figures and repertoire ahead of the festival proper at the Albert Hall (see below). While sewers use some rooms in this lovely venue for pre- Festival costuming workshops, John will teach dancing in the main hall. He’ll cater for all levels and devote 9:15-10:30 to the Georgian era, 11:00-12:30 to the Napoleonic era, 1:30-3:00 to the late-Regency/early Victorian-era and 3:30-5:00 to revision, extension & possible display review (a role for all!).
FRIDAY 21, SATURDAY 22 & SUNDAY 23 APRIL 2017
3 days of workshops & 3 evening balls
at the ALBERT HALL, Canberra.
3 days & nights of Georgian, Regency & early Victorian dancing heaven!
Festival 3-day and 1-day tickets at www.janeaustenfestival.com.au
Every JAFA we follow inspirations on different ways we might not only explore more deeply the culture of Jane Austen’s England but also set it in a broader context. This year’s dance program, in addition to offering dozens of dances drawn from period English sources, will feature on Friday Georgian-era dances from France, Austria, Spain and the Caribbean, on Saturday Napoleonic-era dances from Italy, Germany, France and Scotland (the latter including one danced at a pioneer’s party in New South Wales), and on Sunday early-Victorian-era dances popular across Europe, some to tune suite’s with Australian connections. Then, as now, the world was interconnected. Most of the dances have multiple geographic origins—an Austrian impression of an English dance; an English record of a French version of a Polish dance; German impressions of Scottish dance reimported to England; and a dance invented in France, published in Scotland, set to a suite specially written in England for a Waverley ball. Many dances are also of mixed social origin—a French folk dance, La Batteuse, that became a favourite of the London regency aristocracy; an African slave’s impression of a Caribbean plantation-owner’s version of a European ballroom standard that French and American dancing masters had re-enter the European ballroom as the Congo minuet. We will also enjoy, just as they did in Jane Austen’s day, participatory dancing to music by famous composers as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.
Friday 21 April — Georgian Era Dancing
featuring dances for the 18th century into which Austen was born.
GEORGIAN DANCE SCHOOL (dances for the evening ball)
9:00-10:30 The Georgian-era longways country dance (Jamaica, Comical Fellow, Marset’s no.1, Pistolet, La Coquette).
11:00-12:30 The Cotillion that in Austen’s youth spread from France to England (La Boheimienne, Jeu des quatres coins, Marset’s no.2, Pontlevoy)
1:30-3:00 Austen meets Mozart—the English country dance craze in Germany, Austria & beyond (Blessmann’s no.1&2, Link’s no.2&4, Wachet Auf).
3:45-5:15 Improvised dances—including the arm-interlacing allemande, Perigordine and thrilling Congo minuet.
GEORGIAN PLEASURES EVENING
7:00 - 7:30 Arrival, uncalled minuets à deux and à quatre, and welcome
Jamaica /Bonne Amité to signature tune called by JGG
8:30 - 9:00 Refreshment Break & Impro Theatre (ImproACT)
Display of Les Contrefaiseurs, St.Martin’s Lane and
Les Manches Vertes
10:00 - 10:30 Supper Break
Display of Pecour’s L’Allemande then free allemande
11:30 End of evening.
Saturday 22 April — Regency Era Dancing
featuring dances from the period of Jane Austen’s novels
REGENCY DANCE SCHOOL (dances for the evening ball)
Austen-era country dance—longways dances for the evening
11:00-12:30 Square & big sets—including the Prince of Wales’ Cotillion, Regency London favourite La Batteuse, and Battle of Waterloo.
England and in contemporary
3:30 -5:00 The waltz and mazurka—two couples dances that were to invade ballrooms everywhere (Waltz and Mazurka variants, Wechsel-Waltzer, Mazurka Cotillion, Peterson’s no.9, Keraus).
THE GRAND NAPOLEONIC BALL
7:00 - 7:30 Arrival display of
Menuet de la Cour & Minuet Waltz
Grand March to Schubert’s ‘Marche Miltaire’ led
8:30 - 9:00 Refreshment Break & Impro Theatre (ImproMafia)
Uncalled mazurka cotillion to Hart’s mazurka suite, led by
10:00 - 10:30 Supper Break
Free waltz to JGG’s
‘Whirl of Memories’ set (LD Court 16)
11:30 End of evening
Sunday 23 April — Romantic-era Dance
featuring dances from the decades immediately following Austen’s death
ROMANTIC-ERA DANCE SCHOOL (dances for the evening ball)
9:15-10:30 New hybrid dances—some popular dances of 1820s-40s, (the Swedish, Contre-& Kreuz Ecossaise, Conversation, La Triolet & Tempête)
11:00-12:30 New couples dances—basic polka & galop, Spanish Waltz, Fan & Scarf cotillion, Wind-up Galop
2:00-3:30 The Quadrille—including Mundy’s 1st set, a Sixdrille from Scotland and French galopade quadrille.
THE WAVERLEY (FANCY-DRESS) BALL
6:00 - 6:30 Start to gather for... 6:30 - 7:00 Darcy’s Cold Buffet
Free waltz or display of JGG’s Hands off medley to Lost Dance Village 10
8:00 - 8:15 Refreshment Break
Display JGG’s Barbarous Elegance mazurka medley to
9:15 - 9:30 Dessert Break
Free polka or display of JGG’s Grapevine Polka medley to LD Village 3
10:30 End of Ball and Festival Farewell
All-level Evening & Afternoon Classes
Monday 1 May for 8 weeks 7-9pm Dance from Shakespeare to Dickens
Thursday 5 May for 8 weeks 7-9pm Historical Dance for Men and Women
Saturday 3 June for 5 weeks 3:00-5:30pm Historical Dance Winter School
Saturday 29 July for 10 week 3:00-5:30pm Dancing Through the Ages course
Advanced Evening Class
Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm. Start when ready, and if ready can be straight after JAFA.
Third Saturday of the Month Balls
7-11pm at Canberra Baptist Church Hall, Currie St., Kingston.
20 May—A Bordonian Ball with a fun sampling of the Lost ‘Bordonian’ Dances.
17 June—The Time-Capsule Ball—from the dawn of dance to Edwardian times!
The Time-Traveller’s 5 ball series
15 July—Renaissance era (1400-1600)
19 August—Cavalier-era (1600-1700)
16 September—Georgian era (1700-1800)
21 October—Romantic era (1800-1850)
18 November—late-Victorian era (1850-1900)
16 December—The Christmas Carol Ball. Sing while you dance!
Earlybird Tickets are on sale NOW at janeaustenfestival.com.au/tickets
for Jane Austen Festival Australia, 21-23 April 2017, ALBERT HALL CANBERRA
as well there are PRE-FESTIVAL DANCE & SEWING CLASSES ON 20 APRIL 2017, KINGSTON, ACT