Registration open for “2nd Cycle Diploma in Music Accompaniment for Dance”

The course, one of a kind, will be hosted in Rome and in L’Aquila (Italy)

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The Second Cycle Diploma Course in Music Accompaniment for Dance – established in 2011 as a joint venture by Music Conservatory “Alfredo Casella” at L’Aquila and Accademia Nazionale di Danza at Rome and continuing in the academic year 2017/18 – has seen many of its graduates find jobs as pianists for dance in private and public Institutions such as Choreutic High Schools, Opera theatres and dance companies.

The course features practical and theoretical lessons, workshops and on-the-job training, with the attainment by the students of 120 ECTS credits (see prospectus). Classes and training activities will be hosted partly in Rome and partly in L’Aquila, with the involvement of teachers from both institutions. The registration deadline is on July 31st, 2017.

This is our translation of the announcement published by the two Institutions:

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Enroll in the Second Cycle Diploma Course offered by the Alfredo Casella Music Conservatory at L’Aquila and the National Dance Academy at Rome

Learning Outcomes
The course offers a unique training in order to become a Music Accompanist for Dance and Ballet. Thanks to highly qualified teachers, during the two years of the course students will acquire a sound historical knowledge in dance and ballet; they will refine their competence in performance and composition, fully developing their ability in extempore composition, an indispensable skill in order to accompany classes in classical as well as contemporary dance; they will learn to interact in a proficient and reliable way with teachers, students and professionals in the fields of dance and ballet.

Career Prospects
The course will offer to the students concrete employment opportunities, including, but not limited to, piano accompaniment in private and public educational institutions, in theatres and operatic venues, in dance companies. Furthermore, it offers opportunities as musical experts for dance and ballet in information and outreach activitities, in the media and audiovisual sector and as professionals in live performance.

Structure of the course
The course features practical and theoretical lessons, laboratories and on the job training with the attainment from the students of 120 ECTS formative credits. The lessons and any other educational activities will be located at either the National Academy of Dance in Rome or the Conservatory of Music at L’Aquila, with the involvement of professors from both institutions.

Prerequisites of the Course
Diploma in piano performance(1st cycle) or equivalent training.
The entrance examination consists of:

  1. piano performance of a 10 minutes program chosen by the applicant;
  2. first sight reading of a piano reduction from a romantic ballet;
  3. improvisation of 16 bars as assigned by the examination board.

Enrollment: Apply to “Alfredo Casella” Conservatory at L’Aquila (
Info: +39.0862.22122 (Student Office); +39.328.0649381 (Prof. Alvaro Lopes Ferreira)

Humor Bizzarro 2017: Angela Paletta – Baroque oboe and QiGong

Course program and teacher’s curriculum

The course is open to amateurs or professionals who wish to approach the baroque and classical repertory with the period instrument or with the modern one. The program will focus on performing and interpretative aspects and on reed building tecniques. Particular attention will be given to the study of respiration with specially aimed QiGong exercises. Individual and collective classes will aim to the study of the soloistic and chamber repertory of the period, both sacred and profane, possibly in conjunction with singing, dance or theatre classes. It’s possible to agree with the teacher on a special repertory proposed by the student. A limited number of study instruments, kindly supplied by the maker Alberto Ponchio (website, will be available for the class; students are therefore advised, if possible, to bring their own instrument.

A limited number of study instruments, kindly supplied by the maker Alberto Ponchio (see the Anciuti website), will be available for the class; students are nonetheless advised, if possible, to bring their own instrument. Oboi_Ponchio_2

ANGELA PALETTA,  after obtaining her diploma in Oboe at the  “A. Boito” Conservatory in Parma, has followed perfecting courses with I. Goritzki, P. Pollastri, P.W. Feit, P. Grazzi and A. Mion. She collaborates, playing both oboe and cor anglais, with several orchestras, among which Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchestra Sinfonica “G. Verdi” in Milan, Orchestra “Mozart” in Milan (where she also been in charge of the orchestra), Orchestra Filarmonica di Verona, Orchestra del Festival “T. Varga” at Sion (Switzerland), Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, led by distinguished conductors and soloists such as H. Schiff, T. Varga, J. Horowitz, G. Cassone, Y. Kless. M. Rogliano, V. Sardelli. She took part in many chamber concerts with Trama Ensemble and with several ensembles in Italy and abroad. Since 2001 she collaborates as cor anglais and principal oboe with Orchestra Sinfonica di Adria and with Silver Symphony in Padova; since 2006 with Orchestra “G. Verdi” di Parma and Orchestra da Camera “F. Gonzaga” in Mantova. With the latter in May 2010 she has recorded the Concerto per oboe e archi by A. Marcello. She is also often active in the field of performance with period instruments, collaborating regularly with several early music groups among which Accademia di Musica Antica di Bazzano, Orchestra Barocca di Berna and with the “Il Teatro della Memoria” early music and dance company. She teaches Oboe at Scuola di Musica “Rinaldi” in Reggiolo and at Associazione Musicale ”Santa Cecilia” in Reggio Emilia.

Info about workshop costs and registration is available at this link.

Humor Bizzarro 2017: Marco Rosa Salva, Recorder

Course program and teacher’s curriculum

English music from the second half of the 17th century.
The course is open to students of any level and will deal specifically with music by John Jenkins, Matthew Locke, Henry Purcell, John Blow. Individual lessons and ensemble consort classes will be featured (a number of replicas of historical instruments will be avaiable). For the individual lessons, students can suggest pieces of their choice, also different from the main theme of the course.

Marco Rosa Salva studied recorder with Aldo Bova in Venice and with Pedro Memelsdorff in Bologna, where he also graduated with a dissertation of Musical Dramaturgy. He has achieved a vast concert activity, collaborating with many medieval, Renaissance and baroque ensembles, such as Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, Accademia di S. Rocco – Venice Baroque Orchestra, Cappella Ducale di Venezia, Pastime, Ensemble Antonio Draghi, Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, L’Aura Soave, Il Complesso Barocco, Consort Veneto, I Barocchisti, Delitiae Musicae, Il Viaggio Musicale, La Venexiana, En Chordais, Cantar Lontano, performing in Italy, Europe, Turkey, United States, Mexico, China, in festivals among which Megaron Musica (Thessaloniki), Silk Road Festival, (Hong Kong), Gubbio Arte Medievale, Festival de Sablè, Settimane musicali al Teatro Olimpico (Vicenza), St. Galler Festspiel, Tage alter Musik (Regensburg), Lufthansa Festival (London), Festival di Cremona, Trentomusicantica, Notti malatestiane (Rimini). He has recorded for RAI, ORF and for the labels Stradivarius, Echo, Fonit Cetra, Tactus, Nuova Era, Skira, Naxos, Opus 111, Glossa. With the ensemble La Girometta (as a player of recorder and director) he deals in particular with the reconstruction of Italian 15th  Century dance music, producing shows, masterclasses and lecture demonstrations. He teaches at Scuola di Musica Antica di Venezia since 1993 where, since 1998, he holds the post of director; he teaches courses and seminars at several Conservatories in Italy and abroad and at Italian Universities.

Info about the workshop costs and registration form are available at this link.

Humor Bizzarro 2017: Paolo Di Segni, “Quadrilles at the time of Jane Austen”

Course program and teacher’s CV

“Quadrilles at the time of Jane Austen”
Early 19th century Social Dances

The course, open to students of any level, will focus on the technique and the steps of dances featuring in the balls described by Jane Austen, following the handbooks and treatises of the early 19th century.

Paolo Di Segniborn in Switzerland and introduced to music and rhythmics according to the Jaques Dalcroze method, has studied pianoforte and violoncello. Since 1976 he specialized in historical dancing under the guidance of such teachers as B. Sparti, F. Lancelot, S. Wynne. He has taken part in many concert tours in Italy and abroad with Early Dance ensembles such as Gruppo di Danza Rinascimentale di Roma, La Cortesia del Ballo, La Follia, Il Teatro della Memoria. Since many years he devotes himself to the reconstruction and popularization of 19th Century social dances, presenting them through performance, Ball openings or as Maitre de Cérémonie. He has curated TV programs on the Quadrille for TeleMontecarlo, taken part in Telethon ’97, ’98 and ’99, held seminars at Scuola di Ballo del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and in Catania for Balletto di Sicilia.

In Naples, in collaboration with Associazione Dimensione Polifonica, he has held courses and directed performances and events on the Renaissance and on the 19th century for Comune di Napoli, Provincia di Napoli and Regione Campania (Marzo DonnaMaggio dei Monumenti, Valzer in Villa). He has collaborated with the Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari conducted by J. Acs; in Rome he regularly  directs 19th century Balls in venues such as Palazzo Barberini, Palazzo Taverna, Hotel Quirinale, Borgo di Tragliata, Accademia Nazionale di Danza.

Info on the workshop costs and registration is available at this link.

Humor Bizzarro 2017 – Ilaria Sainato: “Cupid’s Garden – Le Jardin de Cupidon” – Dances and Contredanses in England and France between the 17th & 18th century and Rhetorical Gesture Seminar

Course program and teacher’s curriculum

Ilaria 2“Cupid’s Garden – Le Jardin de Cupidon” – Dances and Contredanses in England and France between the 17th & 18th century
The course is aimed towards dancers, musicians and whoever wishes to approach or to further the knowledge of baroque dance technique.  The theoretical and practical classes feature warm-up, study of basic choreutic technique and of choreographies, mainly reconstructed from the Beauchamp–Feuillet notation; part of the classes will be devoted to questions pertaining sources, dance notation and treatises, choreographic repertory, giving a particular attention to the connection and integration between music and dance, with reference to problems of performance of dance music. During the course, the choreographic  and
musical correspondences, borrowings and  influences between England and France will be investigated through the study of choreographies by André Lorrin, Mr. Isaac and John Essex. The choregraphic numbers will be chosen by the teacher according to the level and the needs of the participants.

Rhetorical Gesture Seminar
The seminar is aimed towards singers, dancers, actors, musicians and whoever is interested in the repertory of musical theatre of the 17th and 18th centuries. It offers to the students a further tool for performing such repertory through an in depth examination of the typical features of baroque theatre, of rhetorical gesture and of themes such as the stage proxemics, the roles and typical characters, the theory of affections.

Ilaria Sainato graduated in Musicology at the Università degli studi di Pavia-Cremona, with a dissertation in Phylology about Italian dance of the Quattrocento. She has studied Renaissance and Baroque dance with Veronique Daniels, Barbara Sparti, Deda Cristina Colonna, Ana Yepes. She teaches Renaissance dancing at Scuola di Musica Antica di Venezia and gives courses and theoretical-practical seminars at schools, institutions and associations in Italy and abroad. She organizes shows about dance of the 15th to 17th Century in collaboration with several ensembles and companies; in particular with La Girometta she deals with the reconstruction of Italian dance repertory of the Quattrocento and Cinquecento from the original treatise sources taking in to account their musical concordances. She has extended her research to problems in reconstructing 17th and 18th Century theatrical performance with music, in particular regarding staging and gesture, collaborating to several stage productions such as  Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart, Il Ballo delle Ingrate by C. Monteverdi, La Fida Ninfa by A. Vivaldi, Atalanta Fugiens by M. Maier, Flavio Cuniberto by G. D. Partenio; she has also directed this latter. She has been assistant direcctor for: Mulier Fortis by J. B. Staut, The Fairy Queen by E. Purcell and Così fan tutte by W. A. Mozart (directed by Deda Cristina Colonna), Madama Butterfly and Turandot by G. Puccini (directed by Hiroki Ihara), Rigoletto by G. Verdi (directed by Ivan Stefanutti), Sonnambula by V.Bellini (directed by Stefano Vizioli). She collaborates with As.Li.Co. – Teatro Sociale di Como as Stage Manager.

Full info about the workshop costs and the registration form are available at this link.

Humor Bizzarro 2017: Claudia Celi – “We’ll measure them a measure” – Dances of the 16th-17th centuries

The program of the course and the teacher’s curriculum

“We’ll measure them a measure”
Dances of the 16th and 17th centuries

The course – aimed at dancers, actors and musicians – is open to students of any level and features the technical study of basic steps and of dance forms named in the works by William Shakespeare. As usual, the classes will be coordinated with the activities of the instrumental music and ensemble music courses in view of the realization of the students’ concert.

Info about registration and costs, with online contact form, is available at this link.

Claudia Celi after graduating in History of Theatre and Spectacle at Università di Roma – La Sapienza, specialized in early dance performance with internationally known teachers such as Barbara Sparti, Francine Lancelot, Shirley Wynne, and Angene Feves. Since 1982 she has taught History of Dance at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome; from 1991 to 1995 she was also deputy director of this institution. Currently she also teaches for the specialized degree in Spettacolo, moda e arti digitali at the Università di Roma – La Sapienza and has taught Dance History at the ballet school of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. In 2001 she was appointed by the Italian Education, University and Research Ministry as a member of the Working Group for Dance Education with the purpose of drafting the new charters of Italian Academies and Conservatories. She has presented communications at international conferences and has collaborated with research centers and universities. She contributed articles to specialized journals, such as ChorégraphieCairon (also as a member of the editorial board), La Danza Italiana and La Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana. Among her publications are the chapters on italian XIX century ballet for Musica in Scena – Storia dello spettacolo musicale published by UTET and several entries for the International Encycolpedia of Dance, the Dictionnaire Larousse de la Danse and the Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Alongside the academic activity she has continued her performing activity in the field of historical dance, that she began in 1977 with the Gruppo di Danza Rinascimentale di Roma directed by Barbara Sparti; with this group, that in 1981 was awarded the “Jia Ruskaja” prize for dance didactics and culture, she has performed in many European festivals. Within her continued activity of popularization of historical dance she attended congresses in Italy and abroad, has been a member of competition panels, has taught courses and seminars for theatres, universities, conservatories and research centers such as Fondazione Teatro Massimo di Palermo (Officina-Laboratorio delle Arti e dei Mestieri del Palcoscenico), Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico (Reggio Emilia), A.N.I.D. (Associazione Nazionale Insegnanti di Danza), Conservatorio A. Casella (L’Aquila), Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Roma) and has been in charge of didactic events and performance of historical dancing for the Scuola di Ballo del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and for the Accademia Nazionale di Danza. At this latter institution she regularly teaches – from the academic year 2005/06 onwards – classes in Historical Dances.

“L’Humor Bizzarro 2017” – registration info and costs

16th Edition – Rome (Italy) – 29 July-6 August 2017

Courses, concerts & seminars organized by Il Teatro della Memoria
(artistic direction: Claudia Celi and Andrea Toschi)

“We’ll measure them a measure” 16th-17th Century dancing: Claudia Celi
Cupid’s Garden – Le Jardin de Cupidon – 17th-18th Century dancing: Ilaria Sainato
Quadrilles at the time of Jane Austen – Early 19th Century social dancing: Paolo Di Segni
Baroque Oboe: Angela Paletta
Recorder: Marco Rosa Salva
Renaissance and Baroque Singing: Rosanna Rossoni
Renaissance Lute, Theorbo and Baroque Guitar: Francesco Tomasi
Viola da Gamba: Silvia De Maria
Cembalo accompaniment: Paolo Tagliapietra

Rhetorical Gesture Seminar: Ilaria Sainato
Qi Gong Seminar: Angela Paletta

Ensemble music practice – Dance accompaniment practice

General information

Programs in Italian are available at this link. Feel free to e-mail us for specific information. The final students’ performance will see the participation of music and dance courses. Students that are already enrolled in one course may also attend six individual lessons of another course with a supplementary charge (see below).

Registration & insurance fee

  • with advance payment up to June 30th 60.00 euros
  • with advance payment after June 30th 120.00 euros

Members of specified Schools and Societies with a reduction agreement and students enrolled in more than one course are entitled to a discount of 40.00 euros.

Tuition fees

The basic tuition fee for singing and instrument courses covers individual lessons, collective lessons and the Qi Gong Seminar. The fee for dancing courses covers the collective lessons and the Qi Gong Seminar.

Principal courses:

  • Music courses (singing or instrument, inclusive of ensemble workshop): 270.00 euros
  • Dancing courses (12 hours): 140.00 euros

Supplementary courses:

  • Six individual singing or instrument lessons (30 minutes each): 180.00 euros
  • Rhetorical Gesture Seminar: 90.00 euros

The registration fee plus 50% of all tuition fees must be paid in advance by bank transfer to the account 611624.77 at Monte dei Paschi di Siena, (European IBAN bank code: IT 73 B 01030 03304 000061162477 – BIC: PASCITM1380), in the name of “Il Teatro della Memoria”, or by money order to: Il Teatro della Memoria – c/o Toschi – via Gradoli, 56 – 00189 Roma (Italy). For residents outside the Euro area, payments are accepted through TransferWise or credit card: send us the registration form by e-mail and we’ll send you complete paying instructions. The advance payment won’t be refunded in case of cancellation after June 30th. If the cancellation arrives before June 30th a sum of 60.00 euros will be deducted. The registration form, together with a copy of the payment, must arrive before June 30th:

  • by mail to: Il Teatro della Memoria – c/o Toschi – via Gradoli, 56 – 00189 Roma (Italy)
  • by fax to the number (+39) 06-33267447
  • by e-mail to:

The balance must be paid before the beginning of the courses.

The maximum number of students for each course is thus determined:

  • singing or instrument courses: maximum 10 per course
  • dance courses: maximum 16 per course

Students will be enrolled according to the order of arrival of the registration forms. Those that cannot be admitted because the maximum has been reached will be promptly informed, and the amount paid will be refunded, unless they want to enroll in another course. The Direction reserves the right to modify the programs. The courses for which the minimum number of registrations will not be reached will be cancelled, and the amount paid will be refunded.

The check-in desk will be open on July 30th from 3.30 to 7 PM. The courses will be hosted by the Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio at Piazza Giustiniani 4/a (the ancient Testaccio slaughterhouse) in a central area well connected by subway (Metro B line – station Piramide), local train (station Roma Ostiense – for timetables see tramway or bus (website:

Registered students are insured against accidents during lessons with a maximum cover of 50,000.00 euros. Check with your health insurance company and your national health system about coverage in Italian hospitals in case of illness. Most EU member states have arrangements that admit the citizens of one state in the public hospitals of another free of charge. If you have any doubts, contact us and we’ll try to find information on the arrangements with your country and the documents you need. Emergency treatment (“Pronto Soccorso”) at public hospitals for minor illnesses (white triage code) is subject to a fixed fee (“ticket”) of 25.00 euros. In serious cases don’t hesitate to call the emergency phone number 118.

Special rates for our students are available at several restaurants, hotels and Bed&Breakfast. E-mail us for a list.

Contact info

phone/fax : (+39) 06 3326 7447

  • up to July 29 (+39) 328 364 5555
  • July 30-August 7: (+39) 320 055 7319

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