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.

Regency Dances Paolo Di Segni

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 about the 2018 edition of “L’Humor Bizzarro” is available at this link.

Humor Bizzarro 2015: Paolo Di Segni, “Cotillon” – 19th Century social dances

Course program and teacher’s curriculum

Paolo Di Segni CotillonCotillon – 19th Century Social dance

The course, open to students of all levels, features the study of the technique and the basic steps of 19th century dance and the teaching of dances from the manual by Achille Della Croce Piccolo repertorio di danza per l’eletta società (Milano 1872).

Paolo Di Segni, born in Switzerland and introduced to music and rhithmics by L. Di Segni-Jaffé (Jaques Dalcroze method), has studied pianoforte and violoncello. He specialized in historical dancing under the guidance of  B. Sparti, F. Lancelot, S. Wynne and has been a member of Gruppo di Danza Rinascimentale di Roma; with this and with other early dance groupos he has taken part in many concert tours in Italy and abroad. He devotes himself to the reconstruction and popularization of historical dances, in particular those of the 19th Century. He curated TV programs on the Quadrille for TeleMontecarlo, taken part in Telethon ’97 e ’98, held seminars at the Scuola di Ballo del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, in Catania at Balletto di Sicilia and in Naples. He collaborated with Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari and with Associazione Dimensione Polifonica towards the realization of events for the city of Naples.

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

American 19th century dances in Montemerano

Saturday 19 July, in a picturesque Tuscan hamlet, the audience can listen or take part in the dances with the artists of Il Teatro della Memoria


Recently declared “One of the most beautiful Italian Hamlets”, on 19 July  Montemerano will host DoSaDo, an event produced by Il Teatro della Memoria in collaboration with Accademia del Libro di Montemerano and Pro Loco Montemerano within the concert series VII Rassegna di Musica Popolare  under the auspices of the Municipality of Manciano. The Il Teatro della Memoria Ballroom Orchestra, an ensemble directed by Andrea Toschi and specialized in the performance of Salon Orchestra repertory, will present a concert of 19th century dance music where the audience will have an opportunity to learn the steps and join in the dances guided by Paolo di Segni and Claudia Celi.

The performance – that will be held in the magnificent Piazza del Castello – features some of the compositions that obtained greatest popularity in U.S. ballrooms during the 19th Century, by composers such as Arthur Sullivan, Scott Joplin and John Philipp Sousa, besides other less known but likewise meaningful artists. 

Salon Orchestra: Michele Cianfoni (violin), Yvonne Fisher (clarinet), Paolo Tagliapietra (piano), Andrea Toschi (bassoon and direction)
Dancers: Annalisa Bianco, Simona Buompadre, Claudia Celi, Paolo Di Segni, Fiorella Martini, Paola Torrani
Costumes: Kathy Benliyan

VII rassegna musica popolare a Montemerano

Clicca sull’immagine per la locandina della rassegna

Travel Info:

In Montemerano – besides the Church of San Giorgio with 15th century frescoes and the Madonna della Gattaiola – it’s possible to visit the city center, recently declared officially as one of “The most beautiful Italian Hamlets”. Nearby it’s possible to bathe at Cascate del Mulino or at Terme di Saturnia.

For those that attend this event reduced rates (10% discount on listed prices) are available at Hotels, B&B’s and Farm Holiday Resorts managed by Consorzio L’Altra Maremma. When booking make reference to the covenant with Il Teatro della Memoria. The guests of these establishments are entitled to a 15% discount on the admission ticket to Terme di Saturnia.
-Phone 0564.601280
-e-mail: saturnia@laltramaremma.it
-webpage www.laltramaremma.it)

Road info: from the Thyrrhenic coast you can reach Montemerano through Manciano (from Albinia take the SS74 road, from Montalto di Castro SP105, from the Viterbo area follow the directions for Pitigliano or Valentano-Ischia di Castro-Farnese). From Grosseto take SS322 through Scansano. From Mount Amiata go through Saturnia. From Rome take the A12 Highway for Civitavecchia, continue on SS1 Aurelia to Montalto di Castro, then SP105. Navigator coordinates: 42.621550, 11.491170  – see map on Google Maps.

19 July  2014 9.30PM piazza del Castello
Montemerano (Grosseto – Italy) free entrance

Info: tel. (+39) 328-3645555 – e-mail info@teatrodellamemoria.org

The teachers of the 2014 edition: Paolo Di Segni, 19th Century social dances

Paris qui danse! Danse de salon
The course, open to students of all levels, features the study of the technique and the basic steps of 19th century dance and the teaching of dances from the treatises by E. Giraudet, H. Cellarius, F. Paul.

Paolo Di Segni, born in Switzerland and introduced to music and rhithmics by L. Di Segni-Jaffé (Jaques Dalcroze method), has studied pianoforte and violoncello. He specialized in historical dancing under the guidance of  B. Sparti, F. Lancelot, S. Wynne and has been a member of Gruppo di Danza Rinascimentale di Roma; with this and with other early dance groupos he has taken part in many concert tours in Italy and abroad. He devotes himself to the reconstruction and popularization of historical dances, in particular those of the 19th Century. He curated TV programs on the Quadrille for TeleMontecarlo, taken part in Telethon ’97 e ’98, held seminars at the Scuola di Ballo del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, in Catania at Balletto di Sicilia and in Naples. He collaborated with Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari and with Associazione Dimensione Polifonica towards the realization of events for the city of Naples.

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

An Afternoon Dance in Rome

19th century atmosphere with Paolo Di Segni and the “Il Teatro della Memoria” ballroom orchestra

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The Galleria Le 5 Lune, set in the magnificent Sant’Apollinare architectural complex just besides Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, will host a rendezvous with 19th century social dances conducted by Paolo Di Segni with live accompaniment by the Orchestra da ballo de Il Teatro della Memoria, an ensemble led by Andrea Toschi and specialized in the performance of typical Salon Orchestra repertory, making use of orginal period arrangements.

On this occasione the ensemble will be formed by Michele Cianfoni (violin), Rossella Di Chio (piano), Yvonne Fisher (clarinet) and Andrea Toschi (bassoon).

Booking is necessary. The dress code asks for period costume or afternoon dress.

Piazza delle Cinque Lune, 74 – Roma (Italy)
Sunday 26 January 2014 –  4.00-8.00 PM
Info & booking: phone (+39) 335-336254

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Some photos of the Christmas event at Villa della Seta di Corliano

The “Il Teatro della Memoria” Ballroom Orchestra performs for the Gran Ballo di Natale organized by the Pisa chapter of “Società di Danza” 

(Photos by Camilla Pietramala and Andrea Toschi)

On 15 december 2013 the Circolo Pisano della Società di Danza (directed by Simonetta Balsamo) has organized at the magnificent Villa della Seta di Corliano (San Giuliano di Pisa) its Christmas Ball featuring a program of 19th century dances with live accompaniment by the Orchestra da ballo de Il Teatro della Memoria, a «variable geometry» ensemble ranging from four to twelve instruments, led by Andrea Toschi and specialized in the performance of Salon Orchestra typical repertory, making use of orginal period arrangements.

A numerous audience of 19th century ballroom dance lovers has danced to the music of such composers as Johann Strauss, Paolo Giorza, Josif Ivanovici, Joseph Lanner, Romualdo Marenco, John Philip Sousa played by Michele Cianfoni (violin), Rossella Di Chio (piano), Yvonne Fisher (clarinet) and Andrea Toschi (bassoon).

The teachers of the 2013 edition: Paolo Di Segni, 19th Century social dances

Tout le monde en place
The course, open to students of any level, features the study of the technique and the  basic steps of 19th century dance and the teaching of social dances characterized by local colour (Varsovienne, Tyrolienne…) reconstructed according to late 19th century dance manuals.

PAOLO DI SEGNI born in Switzerland, introduced to music and rhithmics by L. Di Segni-Jaffé (Jaques Dalcroze method), has studied pianoforte and violoncello. He specialized in historical dancing under the guidance of  B. Sparti, F. Lancelot, S. Wynne and has been a member of the Gruppo di Danza Rinascimentale di Roma; with this and with other early dance groups he has taken part in many concert tours in Italy and abroad. He devotes himself to the reconstruction and popularization of historical dances, in particular those of the 19th century. He curated TV programs on the Quadrille for TeleMontecarlo, taken part in Telethon ’97 e ’98, held seminars at the Scuola di Ballo del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, in Catania at Balletto di Sicilia and in Naples. He collaborated with Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari and with Associazione Dimensione Polifonica towards the realization of events for the city of Naples.

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

Kangaroo Hop: gli artisti in prova

Le foto delle prove per l’evento del 10 marzo a Testaccio / The photos of the rehearsals for the March 10 event at Testaccio

Un breve clip audio dalle prove / A short audio clip from the rehearsal:
The Lancers’ Quadrille – La Dorset

Le foto del ballo-concerto sono a questa pagina / The photos from the concert-ball are at this link
Kangaroo Hop: le foto

Kangaroo Hop: le foto

Ecco le immagini dell’evento del 10 marzo a Testaccio / Here are the photos from the March 10 event at Testaccio

Foto delle prove e un breve clip audio su questa pagina
Photos from the rehearsals and an audio clip at this link
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Per i credits guarda la pagina The Kangaroo Hop

For credits in English go to this this page: The Kangaroo Hop (English)

The Kangaroo Hop – Dance music from 19th and early 20th century Australia

STOP PRESS:

Due to traffic limitations in Rome (next Sunday 9AM-6PM) the concert-ball will start at 6.30PM

Sunday 10 March in Rome the audience can listen or take part in the dances with the artists of Il Teatro della Memoria

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Scottish-Australian composer Alex F. Lithgow and the Italian Paolo Giorza – both active in late 19th and early 20th century Australia with a wide success attested by the abundance of printed editions of their pieces – will be the highlights in an afternoon between music and dance with the Orchestra da Ballo de Il Teatro della Memoria, an ensemble directed by Andrea Toschi and specialized in the performance of the Salon Orchestra repertory. The program – that will be presented Sunday 10 march at 6.30PM in the Sala Concerti della Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio – will also feature the typical reels and jigs of the British Isles tradition transplanted in the colonies.

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The performers will be Yvonne Fisher (clarinet), Gianni Savelli (flute and saxophone), Paolo Tagliapietra (pianoforte) and Andrea Toschi (bassoon and contrabassoon). The event will follow the lines of last year’s concert-ball with American dance music (see photos): everybody in the house – including those without previous dance experience – will have an opportunity to learn the steps and join in the dances guided by Paolo di Segni and Claudia Celi with the assistance of  Annalisa Bianco, Simona Buompadre, Fiorella Martini and Paola Torrani. The costumes of the artists of Il Teatro della Memoria will be overseen by Kathy Benliyan. Those who would like to wear  a period dress can use the contacts below for enquiries.

10 march 2013 – 6.30PM – Sala Concerti SPMT
Ex Mattatoio di Testaccio – Piazza Giustiniani 4a – Roma (Italy)
Full tickets: €12,00 – Members of associations with a discount agreement: € 10,00

Contacts: phone (+39) 328-3645555 – e-mail info@teatrodellamemoria.org