2022, A Baroque Body, What the Hell is That?

Presentation of the conventional term “Baroque” and its essential meaninglessness for dance and music – except as an aesthetic concept. La Belle Danse : its emergence (De Lauze 1623) and description and professionalization (Pierre Rameau 1725 – and others). Demonstration of techniques and differences of style. Renewed conception of Baroque in the light of La belle Dance, with discussion of parallel musical developments.


Christine Bayle, dancer, choreographer, actress and director, is internationally acclaimed as a baroque expert (dance, music, theatre) from the XVIth to the XVIIIth century. She loves to create and has produced about fifty ballets and shows, and lastly, a comedy. As a teacher, she likes to adapt her teaching to each person, professional or amateur, and to every group. Since 2000, she has led research on treatises over two periods from the beginning of the XVIIth century which earned her and L’Eclat des Muses (now Cie Belles Dances) four subsidies from DRAC Ile-de-France / French Ministry of Culture and CnD Pantin, beginning with the creation of Louis XIII’s “Le Ballet de la Merlaison”. Next, with help from ARPD, Apologie de la Danse will be entering the CnD as the primary research. Christine was featured in the 2015 BBC documentary, “The King Who Invented Ballet”.