Anyone with project for a public presentation is welcome!
Discover the magic of gesture in two sessions (or more …).
Gesture is a wonderful way of giving energy to vocal expression. The silent language of hands, eyes, face, head and the whole body strongly impacts the mind and quickens the heart.
Étienne Dubois de bretteville, L’éloquence de la chaire et du barreau, 1679)
Baroque gesture: an art that speaks to the unconscious
What is known today as ‘baroque gesture’ (sometimes gestic) is the technique of accompanying speech with gesticulation that was so essential to the professional actors and singers of the 17th century. The spectator is hardly aware of its effectiveness. Hand, body and eye movements work together to give words or song meaning and force that intonation alone could never produce. They play with the subtle stage lights.
The first treaty about gesture was written 2000 years ago
The first treatise on rhetoric that includes precise descriptions of the speaker’s movements dates to the first century of our era. Quintilian, a rhetoric lawyer and pedagogue wrote the famous ‘De institutione oratoria‘. Other treatises on theatrical and gestural rhetoric were published in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. They all teach the art of persuasion through bodily movement. Lawyers developed this art but it is used by all public figures, from priests in pulpits to opera singers.
In the baroque era, to highlight their gestures, actors and singers would draw their hands and faces up to the candles on centre stage. Gesture is based on a great mastery of movement; it can convey hidden meanings in a text. Moreover, it exudes a beauty and poetry that mesmerises the audience.
Dates :to be determined with participants
Singers have the option of accompaniment with a harpsichord (415) or a piano (440).
Deadline for registration : all year long
‘Expression is the goal: gesture is the means; let’s be vigilant.’ Jacques-Nicolas Paillot de Montabert
Same as ensemble courses
CHF 200.- per person for a set of 4 courses (60min duo or 90min trio)
CHF 300.- per person for a set of 6 courses (60min duo or 90min trio)
CHF 400.- per person for a set of 8 courses (60min duo or 90min trio)