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“Embodying Handel’s Rhythms” | Melinda Sullivan, Lucy Graham Director of Dance | Boston Early Music Festival

Wednesday • November 10, 2021   |   12:00 pm

“Embodying Handel’s Rhythms”

Description: BEMF Dance Director Melinda Sullivan offers an introductory Baroque dance
workshop for all levels and abilities. The class begins with a seated warm-up,
then moves into Baroque stances and step combinations. Participants will
focus on Handel’s gavotte and menuet rhythms. Please wear sneakers or low
dance shoes.



MELINDA SULLIVAN is the Lucy Graham Director of Dance at the Boston Early Music
Festival. She most recently choreographed Caccini’s Alcina for BEMF. Sullivan danced in her
first BEMF production—Henry Purcell’s King Arthur—in 1995. She returned to dance and
assist the late choreographer Lucy Graham in all subsequent BEMF opera productions over the
next twelve years. In 2008, Sullivan assumed the role of BEMF Ballet Mistress, training
dancers and singers in Baroque and Renaissance style and technique. Her first choreography for
BEMF was Dido and Aeneas in 2010, following a featured role as the Silent Mover in the 2009
BEMF production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea. Since then she has choreographed extensively
for BEMF, including productions and revivals of Charpentier’s La Couronne de Fleurs and La
Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, and Pergolesi’s La serva padrona and
Livietta e Tracollo.
A graduate of Boston Conservatory, Ms. Sullivan quickly established herself as a dynamic
performer in Boston’s dance scene. Her initial studies in Renaissance dance were with
distinguished historian and teacher of dance, Dr. Ingrid Brainard, and led to performances with
the Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company. At the same time she created a unique movement and
dance program for singers at New England Conservatory, where she taught for twenty-five
years. She also taught for ten years at Boston University Opera Institute. Since 2008, Sullivan
has been Resident Choreographer at Central City Opera. Her recent choreographies have been
for Boston Lyric Opera and Odyssey Opera. Upcoming choreographies include Carousel,
Rigoletto, and Dido and Aeneas for Central City Opera.


Wednesday • November 10, 2021
12:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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