Sponsored by Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca
Saturday, April 10
Workshops 2:30-6:00 pm; potluck supper 6:30 pm
Beginners’ instruction 7:45 pm; contra dance 8-11 pm
Boynton Middle School, 1601 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY
Réveillons, mes amis! Wake up! Spring is upon us, and here is a springing opportunity to spend an afternoon and evening in the company of some effervescent French Canadian musicians. Réveillons wowed the crowds at last year’s Dance Flurry with irresistible music and brisk, jolly (et jolie) dances, both familiar and with some fresh twists. Let’s greet their debut in Ithaca with a rousing response.
This multi-talented quartet from Québec features energetic rhythms and imaginative interpretations of traditional French Canadian tunes. And joie de vivre above all! They take pride in being both audacious and authentic. Réveillons includes David Berthiaume (voice, jaw harp, concertina), Jean-François Berthiaume (stepdance, bodhran, foot percussion, suitcase, voice), Richard Forest (swinging fiddle), and Marc Maziade (guitar, tenor banjo, voice, infused with jazz, blues, and Flamenco). Ithaca’s Katy Heine will be calling contras in style, and Jean-Francois Berthiaume, one of Québec’s stellar callers, will intersperse some French Canadian squares.
For dancers who are wondering about the Hands Four “Fiddlehead Frolic,” it will return next April. Meanwhile, consider April 10 a “Fiddle and Frolic” event that spans four workshops from 2:30 to 6:00 pm, a potluck supper, and dancing from 7:45-11 pm, all at Boynton Middle School.
Réveillons afternoon workshops are: fiddle with Richard Forest (2:30-4:00); step-dancing (2:30-4:00) and Quebecois social dance (4:30-6:00) with Jean-Francois Berthiaume; and the history of Quebecois music (4:30-6:00) with David Berthiaume. Workshops are $15 each or two for $25. Participation is limited, so register early by contacting Laura Taylor at LBT1@cornell.edu.
Beginners are welcome (simple steps taught at 7:45 pm). No need to bring a partner, but please bring clean, soft-soled shoes and something yummy to share for the potluck supper. Dance admission: $9 for HFDI members, $12 for nonmembers. Info: 607-539-3174 or www.hands4dancers.org