"Ballet is purifying, every movement physically honed and essential, with no superfluity or excess."
The San Francisco Renaissance Dancers formed in the spring of 2012 and are currently the only Bay Area historical dance company focused on the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. They are adept at the reconstruction of written, extant dances as well as more modern interpretations. The dancers are all trained in a multitude of dance forms from classical ballet to post-modern, and various ethnic dances as well as western historical dance. While sometimes performing as a solo dance troupe, the San Francisco Renaissance Dancers’ main focus is in early opera productions, where mime, and story-telling play a central role. Mentors and Dancing Masters include Philippa Waite (Consort de Danse Baroque), Catherine Turocy (New York Baroque Dance Company), Bruno Benne (Compagnie Beaux-Champs), and Judy Kennedy (Ashland Shakespeare Festival). They have worked with members of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Renaissance Voices, and Marin Baroque. Works include operas “Dido & Aeneas”, “Venus & Adonis”, “The Play of Daniel”, as well as an annual Boar’s Head Festival, workshops, and educational programs.