The Chalemie Summer School

[engraving of dancers out of doors]


Students may select a primary study from one of the following:

In addition to these primary study areas, students are encouraged to try out one or more secondary studies, although it is not obligatory to do this! These are open to all (no experience necessary) and will be developed from a beginner’s level. There will be opportunities to try your hand (or foot!) in one or more of the following subjects:

Courses will be arranged to suit both beginners and advanced students. We shall also be exploring some of the history of English 18th century theatre, including the origins of Pantomime and its links to the 16th century Italian Commedia dell' Arte and the French Commedie-Ballet.

Singing and vocal ensembles

Singers who enjoy the songs of John Dowland, medieval Cantigas and chants of Hildegard of Bingen, arias by Handel, theatre songs of the Restoration and early 18th century, madrigals and ensemble singing will find a warm welcome on Sara’s vocal course. It is suitable for any level or voice

Baroque dance

The early dance course will explore the repertoire of baroque dance, particularly the so-called 'noble' style of dance that originated at  the court of Louis XIV in France but spread throughout Europe in the early 18th century. Some experience of baroque dance is required.

Commedia dell'Arte

Our commedia workshops will provide students with the basics of the style, and acquaintance with the principal masks of the commedia dell'arte, an introduction to 'commedia games', improvisation in movement and dialogue, and to the use of masks.

Instrumental music

Musicians who play any early (or suitable modern) instrument – recorder, strings, shawm, sackbut, etc., as well as hurdy gurdy and pipe & tabor - will be very welcome. The course will focus on both ‘loud’ and ‘soft’ consort playing but will also, in collaboration with the singers and dancers, explore some of the theatrical and dance music of the renaissance and baroque periods.

Period costume making

In recognition of its importance in the recreation of period theatre, the course this year will again include costume design and making as part of the programme.