Introduction to Dalcroze in advanced performance
A two-part course for performers, teachers, and music students.
Over two sessions, violinist Naomi Burrell and the course participants will explore how Jacques Dalcroze's revolutionary process can enhance performance and preparation, using as models Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and new work Ring-time by Sally Beamish.
Session 1: Introduction to Dalcroze
An exploration of the main Dalcroze principals. Explore sound through movement, learning to free the body, and engaging the body as an instrument – working with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and Beamish Ring-time.
Session 2: Application of Dalcroze to repertoire and performance
This session will explore the Beamish and Bach further and provide an opportunity for students to bring their own repertoire. Repertoire will be approached through a variety of Dalcroze principals, to offer fresh insights to the music and discover how the application of Dalcroze to repertoire can offer depth and inspiration to both rehearsal and performance.
Dalcroze is a powerful route to developing deeper musicality and creative expression through whole body movement. The approach offers musicians of any age, stage or discipline a way to enhance and enrich their skills.
Participants can expect to:
- reconsider your approach to a musical score
- strengthen musical idea, conviction, depth of musical vision.
- refresh and deepen your understanding of pulse and rhythm
- gain mental focus and increased social flexibility
- reconnect with natural movement and gain physical freedom and vocabulary
- engage with musical expression and improve your communication as a performer
Course requirements: No previous movement experience necessary.
About the leader
Naomi Burrell is a violinist, creative workshop leader and composer based in London. As a player her specialism lies in historical performance practice and she performs, tours and records regularly with many of the leading ensembles in the UK, including Solomon’s Knot, Academy of Ancient Music, Dunedin Consort, Brecon Baroque and La Nuova Musica. Also a keen singer, improviser and composer, Naomi enjoys embracing a wide variety of styles including with several bands: ‘Badinage’, a french pub songs folk ensemble, ’Quilta’ who perform english songs from across the eras and ‘Dissolute Society’, a free jazz collective. Dalcroze Eurythmics is central to her philosophy as a musician having grown up in this method herself. She teaches for Pro Corda, Britten Sinfonia Academy, Royal Opera House, City of London Sinfonia, Spitalfields Music and London Music Masters amongst many other arts organisations. She also works with her own ensembles and collaborates with dancers and actors in collaborative creative projects. Her musical skills are eclectic and she uses a wide range of musical genres in workshops and classes. She believes in the power of musical expression to fulfil the human potential.