Bringing back Baroque

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Historical dancer Mareike Greb, of Germany, who will perform in Invercargill next week. Photo: Supplied

A CONCERT which combines the elements of music and dance will take its audience back in time at St Mary’s Basilica next week.

The Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand presents Music & Dance, which will feature music performed on period-style instruments accompanied by a solo dance performance.

Christchurch-based cellist and organiser Tomas Hurnik will be joined by Szabolcs Illes, of Hungary, and New Zealander Jonathan Tanner on violin; and Edita Keglerova, of the Czech Republic, on harpsichord.

Hurnik said they enjoyed performing in Invercargill last year and he was looking forward to returning to the basilica.

“This time it will be really interesting because we have a dancer with us.”

The instrumental music will include compositions by Telemann, Vivaldi, Corelli, and others.

German dancer Mareike Greb said some of the dances would be performed to the music as they were originally written.

She said she had two period-style costumes to perform in. One was what noble women of the court would wear at the time, and included silk and ornamented fabric with flowers.

The other was more like a theatre costume, she said, as during the period women were beginning to dance professionally.

“Women could study dance and present dances, and the skirt was shorter so people could see what [the dancer] was doing with their feet.”

Greb originally danced ballet, but switched to historical dances when she was 14.

She said she enjoyed it because she found it very proud, elegant and beautiful.

“You can feel the music.”

Music & Dance, St Mary’s Basilica, Invercargill, Wednesday, February 14, 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased on Eventfinda through www.baroquemusic.co.nz/events, or at the door (cash only).

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