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Le Bal Perdu: Dance Traditions from the Corners of France (online talk)

April 25 at 8:00 pm9:00 pm EDT

Free – $10
Le Bal Perdu

Circle dances and branles from centuries past; dances in lines and squares that trickled down to French villages from the contredanses of the Parisian court; 19th century couple dances with the radical idea that you can dance face to face with your partner…

These traditions of music and dance were once a part of everyday lives in rural France. People in each region had their own ways of dancing and their own music for the dance, reflecting the great variety of local cultures found across the country.

As France modernized, though, these traditions started to disappear. Tastes in music and dance changed, bagpipers and hurdy-gurdy players put away their instruments, and village dances became mostly a memory.

But the 1970s brought a revival of interest in France’s many regional cultures, and now people all over the country are playing the old music and dancing the old dances, with both an eye on tradition and a remix for contemporary ears and feet.

With images and video, Leslie Barr will introduce you to these old and new traditions of music and dance and how such traditions help tell the story of the people of France’s many pays.

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$10; free to Alliance members.

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Date:
April 25
Time:
8:00 pm–9:00 pm EDT
Cost:
Free – $10
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