Renaissance Dance Workshop and Performance

April 6th, 2004 by Adam
Plymouth State
University will host the 25th annual gathering of
medieval and renaissance scholars on campus Friday and
Saturday, April 16 and 17.

A special feature of the gathering is a workshop on
medieval and renaissance dance by the Ken Pierce Dance
and Music Ensemble, Saturday from 3-5 p.m. in the Hartman
Union Building (High Street) Fireplace Lounge.
Participants are invited to learn medieval and
renaissance dances from Pierce, accompanied by authentic
musical instruments. Cost for the workshop, which is open
to the public, is $5 per person.

Pierce is director of the early dance program at the Longy
School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., and a veteran specialist in
early dance, particularly dance of the late-renaissance and
baroque eras. He has 20 years’ experience as choreographer,
reconstructor, performer, teacher and scholar.

Pierce trained in ballet and modern dance at the American Ballet
Theatre School and the Merce Cunningham Studio, and has performed
with the Court Dance Company of New York, the New York Baroque
Dance Company, Ris et Danceires (Paris); Danse Baroque,
(Toronto); the Baroque Dance Trio, and HÈmiole (Paris) which he

Recent choreographies include dances for Les …Elements, Les
Festes d’HÈbÈ, Tirsi e Clori
and Les Festes de l’Amour
et de Bacchus.
His choreographic credits also include King
at the Boston Early Music Festival and le Mariage
de la Grosse Cathos
at the Amherst Early Music Festival.
Pierce was assistant choreographer for Quelques pas graves de
Francine Lancelot’s baroque-style piece for
the Paris Opera Ballet, whose cast included Rudolph Nureyev. He
has taught at summer dance and music workshops in the United
States and abroad, and this spring he is visiting artist at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is creating a
baroque dance piece.

As a separate event, The Ken Pierce Ensemble will perform at the
authentic Medieval Feast that follows the workshop.

Funding for Ken Pierce’s workshop at Plymouth State
University is provided in part by the New England Foundation for
the Arts (NEFA) as part of the NEA Regional Touring Program. NEFA
receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts
(NEA) with additional support from the state arts agencies of New

For further information on the feast and other program events,
visit the Medieval & Renaissance Forum Web site.
or contact Dr. Naomi Kline at (603) 535-2280.