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Richard Powers & Angela Amarillas
of Stanford University's Dance Division
at Split Tree Farm's
Old Vienna Ball
"When the Waltz was Young"
Friday night Richard Powers, using his own reconstructed figures, will prompt a unique contra dance to Mozart's lively contra music. The Saturday evening ball theme and period will be the two decades before or after 1800; informal peasant carnival ball attire is suggested. In Saturday/Sunday classes, Powers, assisted by Angela Amarillas, will teach steps from the time when "waltz was young" at a pace and level all can learn and enjoy.
Aristocratic couples in formal attire are welcome, as they would have been at that time in Austria, and are invited to join the festivities at the "Landgasthaus zum Gespaltenen Baum" (Split Tree Country Inn) somewhere in the mountains around Vienna, Austria during the early 1800s. Click here for modern satellite view of Vienna.
The waltzing fever, along with other social dances, reached all classes, judging from Pezzold's and others contemporary accounts of Mozart's time, when even Mozart the serious composer wrote waltzes and contras for the 1791 carnival ball at the Imperial Palace that are still a joy to dance today. Then, just after 1800, huge, festive dance halls were built in Vienna that all social groups enjoyed. The world's most erotic and scandalous dance trend was well underway and would dominate the 19th century, spread across the oceans, and forever define the romantic tradition.
About the weekend (by Richard Powers):
"By the end of the Baroque Era, dance had long been seen as a rule-based skill, a courtly display, to be executed correctly. But with the social revolutions which accompanied the French Revolution, a new concept developed: dancing for pleasure. For the first time in centuries, polite society adopted the idea of dance as an experience to be enjoyed, rather than a formal social exercise. And from the very beginning of this revolution, Vienna took the lead, with an ecstatic blossoming of music, ballrooms and dances. The upper classes gave in to the new paradigm of social dance as pleasure on different timelines... first the Viennese, then the French, then the English, lastly the puritanical Americans (with other nations fitting into the timeline at different points), but eventually the new paradigm was generally accepted by most (not all) people in most (not all) countries."
Program of dance and
instruction (see detailed schedule below)
FRIDAY: Mozart era Contretanz (newly written figures by R. Powers)
(preceded by Workshop for Beginning Waltzers at 7 pm)
SATURDAY Classes: Wiener Walz from the 1820s, Eccosoise Walzer, Rutscher, Der Walzer, Balance Walzer, Cottillon and Quadrille, Rejdouva (the original Bohemian redowa), Rejdouvaczka, Der Masurische Walzer, Der Zephyr-Walzer
SATURDAY EVENING: Old Vienna Waltz Ball (circa 1800)
SUNDAY: 1800 Mazur Part I; Mazur Part II; 1800 Polonaise; Free-style studio dancing
(double click on photos here and in
O.V. album for larger
Old Vienna Ball Waltz Weekend - MENU
(Link to Old Vienna waltz photo album--see Shari Feth and Sid Hetzler modeling a version of "peasant" dress for Saturday evening ball)
Split Tree Waltz Page
Background on Johann Strauss Son and other Viennese Ball links
The Los Angeles Nov. 25th "Fledermaus Ball"
Link to O.V. flyer version for printing
Information and Registration
LOCATION: Split Tree Farm is located 20 miles south of Chattanooga, TN and 100 miles NW of Atlanta in the NW Georgia mountains. Click on map page for location and directions.
COST: $70 before
Oct. 20 ; $85 after; credit refunds only after Oct. 20.
Single dance tickets: Fri pm, $20; 1/2 day Sat/Sun, $15; Sat. Ball, $25. Student discount with I.D. card: 15 per cent.
FOOD/ON-CAMPUS SHELTER (optional): $30 (weekend). (single meals $10 each with advance registration; Sat dinner $15).
LODGING: There are 14 single house beds for $10/night available by earliest registration date in the house. There is heated house/studio floor space at no charge, shelter in a large barn--you need only your warm sleeping bag, air mattress, and pillow. There is no charge for tent or RV camping (no hookups) on Split Tree's 200 acres of woods and pasture in the NW Georgia mountains. Bring usual camping supplies: pillow, sleeping bag or bedding, air mattress, towel and soap, swimsuit for hot tub, etc. We have a few tents and sleeping bags to loan for a modest donation to our dance gypsy fund. The Key West Inn 10 miles away in Lafayette, GA offers a special Split Tree rate; Hidden Hollow Cabins are four miles away and the closest to the farm. See housing page for info on motels/BnBs and other nearby housing.
FOOD (Link to Chef's Menu Page): For Friday night, bring your picnic or contribute a $3 donation to Split Tree's fresh bread and hot soup crockpot fund. For $30, five tasty vegetarian Austrian-style meals will be served from the Split Tree kitchen by chefs Catherine and daughter Megan Hannah (of Charlotte, NC), Becky Forster, Ann Horgan and volunteers. Several work exchange dancers are needed for food preparation, serving and clean-up; call the registration office at number below...or send email. Note: For possible special dietary needs, please email Chef Catherine Hannah at: Catherine.Hannah [@] firstunion.com
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: Gender balanced by paired registration, indicate below lead/follow preference if any. We accept single registrations but genders must be matched to confirm registration. Must wear clean non-street, non-marking, soft-sole shoes for dancing. Loose work-out type clothing for floor exercises recommended. No child care facilities; children under 12 must be supervised. No pets or alcohol allowed. Avoid strong perfumes. Smoking is discouraged and is not allowed near any building. A waiver of liability and release from damages must be signed by each participant upon registration.
INFORMATION: For registration/housing information: call Sid at 706/539-2485 or email him at ovball2000 [@] splittree.org. Fax: 770/216-1596 .
Split Tree General Information Maps, Directions Accommodations Chattanooga Weather
Electronic or fax registration is allowed but this form must be mailed
with a check within seven days after registering to hold a space. Pre-registration
is required and space is limited to 100 persons. Send check payable to:
Split Tree Farm/Old Vienna Ball, 597 West Cove
Road, Kensington, GA 30707.
Credit card online payment is now available: Split Tree Web Store
Dance Preference: Lead _____ Follow ______ Female ____ Male _____
Day phone ________________________Evening phone______________________
#___dancers at $ 70 each = ____$_______ #____meal
tickets at $30 each=$______
#___Single 1/2 day/Ball = ______________ Total _________
#____Single House Beds at $10/each Total_____
Late registration charge #____ [@] $15_____ Grand Total________
Shelter plans: Barn space__________? (A mattress of wood shavings) House ________ Studio floor space __________ Pasture tenting?________ Motel/BnB_____________? RV/Other?_____________
Accommodations Link See web accommodations link for local lodging and Split Tree Inn BnB rates for extra nights.
FLIGHT INFO: Nearest public airport is Chattanooga (45 minutes); Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Knoxville airports are about 2-3 hours and usually some rides can be found with the help of dancers in nearby cities. If you are renting a car, please let us know if you can share costs and give other dancers a ride up to the farm.
Questions about the dance program may be directed to Richard Powers at: vintage [@] leland.stanford.edu Web link: http://dance.stanford.edu
600 Potluck dinner
700 Registration & welcoming
700 Workshop for Beginning Waltzing
800 Mozart era Contretanz
(to recorded music with figures reconstructed and prompted by Richard Powers)
11 Informal freestyle dancing, time permitting
11:30 Early bedtime
SATURDAY 9 am - 430 pm
800 Breakfast buffet
900 Warm ups
920 Wiener Walz from the 1820s
1045 Eccosoise Walzer, Rutscher
1130 Der Walzer, Balance Walzer
130 Cottillon and Quadrille
230 Rejdouva (the original Bohemian redowa), Rejdouvaczka
315 Der Masurische Walzer, Der Zephyr-Walzer
430 End of classes
600 Viennese Dinner, created by chefs Catherine Hannah and Becky Forster
900 Old Viennese Ball (circa 1800)
Though the actual era of the ball is the two decades of the increasingly popular social dance in Austria before and after 1800, Split Tree's Old Vienna Ball is an optional "costume ball" celebrating the origins of the waltz as a "folk" dance in its original forms, and suggested costume can be a wide variety of informal European "peasant" or "folk" attire. See photos above and on Old Vienna waltz page to get an idea of the Austrian folk style (more to come on this). Be creative; this type of "low" Viennese ball has never been done in our time in this way before. Costumes, as always, should be comfortable and are admired but not required and modern formal evening dress (black or white tie) is perfectly acceptable. A Split Tree weekend credit certificate will be awarded to the most interesting male and female costumes. A light buffet and Viennese desserts will be served after the Saturday evening ball.
Recorded music for this special occasion (and the entire weekend) will be provided from Richard Powers' and Sid Hetzler's collection of historic dance music. We expect this ball to continue in the late fall of each year at Split Tree and we are searching for musicians interested in learning the old waltz and traveling dance music and its unique manner of playing. Musicians who wish to learn the dances in Richard's workshops in order to play at future balls will be guests of Split Tree. Some time on Sunday afternoon will be set aside to discuss live music at future balls for those interested. (Photo: the original Schrammel folk quartet, a favorite of Emperor Franz Joseph that continues in the present with violin, viola, bass guitar, and G clarinet--possibly augmented at times with a small brass instrument that can be seen on the table).
SUNDAY 930 am - 1 pm
800 Breakfast buffet
900 1800 Mazur part 1
1000 Mazur part 2
1130 1800 Polonaise
100 Lunch buffet
Studio is open for free-style dancing Sunday afternoon
Serious porching and rest before driving home.
We have some room for those wishing to come a few days early and remain for a few days. See web accommodations link link for Split Tree Inn BnB rates for extra nights.
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Visitors: Updated: 04/18/07
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