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Turocy is deemed to be the leading specialist for the reconstruction of historical performance practices, especially for choreography. This is not only seen in every moment of this production but also that each moment greatly profits from this knowledge.” -, Zuruck

Dancing at the Palais

Friday, September 20 at 8:00 pm

Zilkha Hall / Hobby Center For The Performing Arts

Our season opener features a full Baroque orchestra of strings and winds plus the New York Baroque Dance Company, in a program of instrumental suites from two vibrantly colorful French Baroque operas, both first seen at the Palais-Royal in Paris. Period choreography and period instruments recreate a refined artform that was de rigueur throughout Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • André Campra, Suite from Hésione (ed. John Powell)

  • Jean-Philippe Rameau, Suites from Les Indes Galantes


Catherine turocy, Director

Catherine turocy, Director

New york baroque dance company

New york baroque dance company



Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director of The New York Baroque Dance Company, is recognized as a leading choreographer and stage director in Baroque performance with over 70 operas to her credit. She was decorated by the French as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters and was honored with the BESSIE Award in NYC for sustained achievement. In 2018 she received an IZZIE Award in San Francisco for her stage direction and choreography of Le Temple de la Gloire by Rameau. This year she is a recipient of the Center for Ballet and the Arts Residency Fellowship in NYC affiliated with NYU. In Dallas she received the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence. She received the Dance Film Association Award for “The Art of Dancing” video as well as NEA Exchange Fellowships which have supported residencies in London and Paris where she continues to conduct research. 

The New York Baroque Dance Company was founded in 1976 by Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director, and Ann Jacoby and specializes in producing 17th and 18th century programs ranging from street performances to fully staged operas.  There are over 70 operas in its repertoire as well as reconstructed dances and ballets choreographed in period style. The NYBDC has toured North America, Europe and Japan with conductors James Richman, John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan and Wolfgang Katschner. In 2017 they were the first historical dance company to visit Cuba. In their home base of New York City, the company produces concerts with Concert Royal directed by James Richman and also performs with Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus, The Dallas Bach Society, Ars Lyrica Houston, Apollo’s Fire and Philharmonia Baroque. Through residencies at educational institutions serving grades k-12 and at the university level, the NYBDC instructs professionals and the general public, thus preserving our cultural heritage.