Exposition

Zum Spielen und zum Tantzen (2016)

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This exposition presents the artistic research project 'Zum Spielen und zum Tantzen: A Kinaesthetic Exploration of the Bach Cello Suites through Studies in Baroque Choreography’, undertaken at the Norwegian Academy of Music between 2009 and 2012. I offer a historical background, discuss the method used, and present the artistic results in the form of video and audio files. The dance titles of J. S. Bach's cello suites, derived from French court dance, clearly meant more to the composer than just abstract references. In Bach's time, dance practice permeated social life, and an intimate knowledge of fashionable dance forms was indispensable for a musician. The movements and gestures of these dances inevitably had a profound influence on performance style. I have investigated how the practice of Baroque dance could influence my interpretation of the Bach suites. Learning the essentials of this style and its original choreographies and frequently accompanying dancing, I also explored the dance aspect of the cello suites by way of experiments with historical tempos as well as melodic and rhythmic reductions of the musical material. Through this project, I hope to make a worthy contribution to the development of performance practice studies, offering a recontextualisation of Bach’s work that emphasises the close links between the expressive gestures of music and dance. The results have both artistic and pedagogic potential as tools to discover essential aspects of dance character in Baroque music.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsBach, Cello Suites, Cello solo, Baroque Dance, La belle danse, HIP, Body paradigm, dance tempo, dance character, melodic reduction, Taubert, Feuillet, Rameau, Pécour, Tomlinson, sarabande, bourrée, gavotte, gigue, courante, corrente, giga, allemande, minuet, artistic research, J. S. Bach, kinaesthetic empathy
date24/10/2014
published08/11/2016
last modified08/11/2016
statuspublished
share statusshared with registered RC users
affiliationNorwegian Academy of Music, Norwegian Artistic Research Programme
licenseAll rights reserved
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/103350/103351
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/jar.103350
published inJournal for Artistic Research
portal issue11.
connected toNorwegian Artistic Research Programme


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306241 CD booklet outside new Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
306198 CD booklet Inspired by Dance Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
306197 Bach 1 sarabande vc-cont Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
306196 Bach 6 Gavotte 1 G vc-cont Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
302001 Choreographies studied new Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
301644 Table 5 - tempo variation new Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
290738 1-4 sarabande simple + bass TD All rights reserved
290722 Bach 6 Gavotte 1 G vc-cont TD All rights reserved
289358 Gigue-Forlana TD All rights reserved
288903 Table 2 - menuet hemiola (new) TD All rights reserved
288902 Table 1 - pas de menuet (new) TD All rights reserved
223863 Originals of the simplified movements TD All rights reserved
222963 Choregraphie Sarabande BWV1008 TD All rights reserved
221774 Figure 15 Sarabande Hoppstock version TD All rights reserved
221773 Courante reduction rev.5 TD All rights reserved
221772 Figure 13 sarabande double TD All rights reserved
221771 Figure 12 sarabande simple 3 TD All rights reserved
221770 Figure 11 sarabande simple 2 TD All rights reserved
221769 Figure 10 sarabande simple 1 TD All rights reserved
221768 Figure 9 Gavotte 6e suite in G simple TD All rights reserved
221767 Figure 8 Menuet 1e suite simple 4 TD All rights reserved
221766 Figure 6 Menuet 1e suite simple 2 TD All rights reserved
221765 Figure 7 Menuet 1e suite simple 3 TD All rights reserved
221764 Figure 5 - Menuet 1e suite simple 1 TD All rights reserved
216426 Table 5 - tempo variation TD All rights reserved
216425 Table 4 - sarabande tempos TD All rights reserved
216424 Table 3 - Suite movemens historical tempos TD All rights reserved
216423 Table 2 - menuet hemiola TD All rights reserved
216422 Table 1 - pas de menuet Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
135734 Gavotte 6 - simplified corrected TD All rights reserved
135677 Sarabande sequence 5 – 'step demonstration' Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
135670 Sarabande suite 2 – complete choreography Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
135665 Menuet suite 2 – 'menuet ordinaire' Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
135660 Gavotte suite 6 simplified – Pécour choreography Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
135654 Campra, Bach – Forlana – Pécour choreography Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
135650 Courante suite 2 – Taubert choreography Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
135648 Bourree 3 - arms and steps Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
135644 Allemande suite 2 – 'baroque' steps Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
135640 Allemande suite 2 – 'Arbeau' steps Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
135623 Allemande 2 - Arbeau steps Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
135610 Preview Inspired by Dance - new TD All rights reserved
134720 CD booklet Inspired by Dance Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134601 Choreographies studied Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134589 Other concerts with relevance to the project Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134560 Concerts given during the project period Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134519 Program Inspired by Dance Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134514 Program Inspired by Dance Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134498 Choreography on the Sarabande BWV1008 - page 4 Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134497 Choreography on the Sarabande BWV1008 - page 3 Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134495 Choreography on the Sarabande BWV1008 - page 2 Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134486 Choreography on the Sarabande BWV1008 - page 1 Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134467 Choreography on the Sarabande from BWV1008 page 4 Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134452 Choreography on the Sarabande from BWV1008 page 3 Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134438 Photo Bach recording Olivier Bardina All rights reserved
134432 Preview Inspired by Dance TD All rights reserved
134411 Norwegian Artistic Research Programme Logo Norwegian Artistic Research Programme All rights reserved
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134408 Suite 3 in C major BWV 1009 - Gique Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134406 Suite 3 in C major BWV 1009 - Bourrée 1–2 Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134405 Suite 3 in C major BWV 1009 - Sarabande Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134400 Suite 3 in C major BWV 1009 - Courante Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134399 Suite 3 in C major BWV 1009 - Allemande Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134398 Suite 3 in C major BWV 1009 - Prelude Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134396 Suite 2 in d minor BWV 1008 - Gique Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
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134388 Suite 2 in d minor BWV 1008 - Allemande Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134386 Suite 2 in d minor BWV 1008 - Prelude Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134270 Inspired by Dance - complete Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134266 Suite 1 in G major BWV 1007 - Gique Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134262 Suite 1 in G major BWV 1007 - Menuet 1–2 Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134261 Suite 1 in G major BWV 1007 - Sarabande Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134260 Suite 1 in G major BWV 1007 - Courante Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134207 Suite 1 in G major BWV 1007 - Allemande Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
134204 Suite 1 in G major BWV 1007 – Prelude Tormod Dalen All rights reserved
130725 Zum_spielen_title TD All rights reserved
130137 Essex - Disposition Public domain All rights reserved
115345 Mastins_dansant Public domain All rights reserved
115341 Giacomo_Ceruti_-_Portrait_of_a_Cellist Public domain All rights reserved
115330 Francesco_Alborea Public domain All rights reserved
115328 Antoine_Watteau_013 Public domain All rights reserved
104469 Picart (1673-1733) - Etude d'hommes en habit - cleaned Public domain All rights reserved

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