Mary Collins

Historical Performance - Baroque Dance

Mary Collins is an early dance specialist whose research and teaching approach has inspired musicians to look afresh at the dance music which is at the heart of the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire

Mary Collins is an early dance specialist whose research and teaching approach has inspired musicians to look afresh at the dance music which is at the heart of the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire.

A practitioner and researcher working with many of the world’s leading exponents of early music, she performs regularly with the London Handel Players and Florilegium, giving master classes, lecture-recitals and workshops to dancers and musicians throughout the world in addition to reviving original choreography and gesture for theatre.

Mary teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music (London), the Royal Irish Academy of Music (Dublin), the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and the Austria Barock Akademie. She also coaches the Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment, OAE Academy and Irish Baroque Orchestra.

Mary’s work enables young musicians gain a more informed approach to the realisation and performance of the dance-based baroque repertoire, similarly encouraging dancers to develop the musical fluency required to facilitate real communication between the disciplines. She is currently preparing a comprehensive resource for musicians for imminent publication.

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