We are very happy to announce the holders of the
2015 Löftadalen Summer Academy Scholarship, in memory of Ivo Cramér:
Mojca Gal and Alexis Silver
They will attend the advanced/professional Summer Academy 12-18 July, to study with Deda Cristina Colonna and Natalie van Parys.
Mojca Gal, baroque violinist/dancer, Basel/Switzerland:
“During my studies in Bern I got in touch with early music and historically informed performance. This changed my musical path profoundly. 2011 I started my studies at the Academy for early music at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel and from that point I am playing only early music and instruments in early measure. It was at the Schola that I discovered renaissance dance with Veroniqe Daniels and baroque dance with Barbara Leitherer. I loved baroque dance from the beginning: being actually the beginning of classical ballet this type of dance brought together the ballet I missed so much and the music that I am playing every day and became my musical language. Dance taught me a lot about music as well, about how the dances or baroque music in general are supposed to be played. Not only in the sense of a tempo, but also in the feeling, the uplifting first beats, the active-passive movements of different steps, all this in an organic rhythm. […] In autumn I start a specialisation studies with baroque dance as a main subject at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The school answered positively to my enthusiasm about dance and made for the first time such an exception.”
Alexis Silver, baroque/contemporary dancer, NYC/USA:
“I had the privilege of studying at last summer’s workshop which proved to be an invaluable dance experience for me. It was such a supportive and caring, yet intense learning environment. […] I am still using the teachings from last summer to advance my study of Baroque dance in performance, musical knowledge, and to pass on to others. I hope you will consider me for this scholarship as I know I will learn even more this summer if allowed the opportunity again.”