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Symposium Special
12 - 15 June 2022

As we have already done at recent conferences, we will once again be offering in the days before the Symposium itself a top-level dance course with internationally renowned teachers:

Attention: Unfortunately, Caroline Copeland cannot come!
Here is our new tutor and programme:

La Forlana

Ballroom Scenes of the late 18th Century

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A seminar for advanced dancers
with Alan Jones, Paris


By the second half of the 18th century, the forlana had long been out of fashion in Parisian ballrooms. Astonishingly, toward 1780, the dancing master Malpied chose to publish an updated version of Pécour’s danse à deux La Forlana, to music from Campra’s opéra-ballet L’Europe galante of 1697. It would have been performed by young dancers in pauses between contredanses in public ballrooms and private dancing assemblies.

Malpied dedicated his dance to Maximilien Gardel, ballet master of the Paris Opera, and Gardel seems to have been fond of it, as he incorporated the melody and perhaps even the choreography into the ballroom scene of his ballet Mirza et Lindor in 1781. As late as 1815, the theoretician Jean-Etienne Despréaux, a former soloist of the Opera, further adapted this dance, using it as an example of his newly invented dance notation system, Terpsichorégraphie.

Jones IMG 6841sp klThis workshop will focus on the Malpied choreography, comparing it with Pécour’s original and other forlana choreographies. To highlight changes introduced by Despréaux, the participants will receive a rare introduction to Terpsichorégraphie making use of his Danse Cosaque and a couplet of Folies d’Espagne. In a second focus we will take a fresh look at contredanse technique of the late 18th century, relying on Malpied’s notated steps, and put them to use in the contredanse La Perle, which distantly evokes forlanas.


Alan Jones, formerly of New York, studied Baroque dance with Wendy Hilton, but soon evolved a personal approach, acquiring a special interest for the 1780s and 1790s. His choreography in the United States includes El Sarao de Venus and Charpentier’s Les Arts florissants (New York Baroque Dance Company), El Bayle de los reyes and Stradella’s Cantata per il santissimo Natale (Artek, New York), and the Peruvian opera Venid, venid, deidades (Ex Machina, Minneapolis). Presently based in Paris, he is working on a history of American ballets and pantomimes and their European sources in the period 1782-1812. (Photo: S. Witherspoon)


The course is intended for dancers with a good knowledge of Baroque dance. The teaching language is English.

Seminar number: 2219

Start: Sunday, 12 June, 2022 at 18:30 with the evening meal. Accommodation check-in from 17:00.
End: Wednesday, 15 June 2022, at 12:15 with lunch.

  regular reductions for
pupils/students aged up to 27
Seminar fee: € 130.-      € 80.-


Accommodation and meals per person:
Single room: € 220.-  
Double room: € 193.-  
Triple/quadruple room: € 172.- € 138.- (dormitory)






Early booking discount until 12 April 2022

 → Download of the invitation flyer


Registration via this Homepage of Historical Dance Symposium (English)

Registration via the Homepage of Burg Rothenfels (German)

or send your registration to:

Verwaltung Burg Rothenfels
97851 Burg Rothenfels
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If registering by post or e-mail please give:
- Name / address / e-mail / date of birth
- Course number and short title
- Type of room desired
- Wishes for vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/lactose-free/pork-free diet


Terms and conditions for our conferences:

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For your information here is an English excerpt. Only the German version of the text, to be seen on the Burg website (, is legally binding.

Registration: Please register in writing by post or Internet.

Prices: The prices can be found in the PDF for the conference in question. They consist of (a) the conference fee and (b) the costs for food and accommodation – prices differ for single room (EZ), double or two-bed room (DZ), triple/quadruple room (MZ).

Reductions: For persons in training or study and aged 27 or less, reductions are available for accommodation (dormitory) and the conference fee.

Early booking rebate: Those registering two months or more before the beginning of the conference receive a 10 Euro rebate on the conference fee. The deadline is specified in the general information for the conference.
Cancellation charge: For cancellations between 7 days and 1 day before beginning of the conference/course, the following cancellation charges apply: For weekend event 50.00 €, for a half-week event 75.00 €, or a one-week event 100.00 € (under-age children 50% in each case).
If the participant cancels on the first day of the event or leaves early, there will be no refund or reduction.

Other conditions: During your participation in our events, we do not provide you with insurance cover for accidents or third-party liability. An event may be cancelled for overriding reasons (course leader unable to come, too few participants etc.). We will then inform you immediately. Participants commit to attending the entire conference/course.

Child protection concept: Burg Rothenfels has a child protection concept for protecting children and young persons from violence and abuse.

The body legally responsible for the Heimvolkshochschule [“Residential Adult Education Centre”] and the youth hostel Burg Rothenfels is the Vereinigung der Freunde von Burg Rothenfels e. V. [“Association of Friends of Burg Rothenfels”]