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.