UP ON THE DOWNBEAT
PBO’s Exploration of Music and Dance
Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.
VIRTUAL EVENT | Zoom Meeting
Send in the Clowns!
Join Artistic Director of Dance Through Time Jen Meller along with PBO violinist Carla Moore in our latest Up on the Downbeat event—a series dedicated to exploring the synthesis of music and dance throughout history.
Grab a floppy hat and a slapstick to find your inner “Harlequin”—the mischievous, irreverent character from the Italian Commedia dell’arte theatrical genre that was popular from the 15th through the 18th centuries. We’ll check out pages from Lambranzi’s hilarious and delightful 1716 “New and Curious School of theatrical dancing” book of illustrated dances.
Jen Meller, Artistic Director of Dance Through Time
Jennifer Meller is a musician and dancer, and enjoys exploring connections between the two disciplines. She founded the San Francisco Renaissance Dancers in 2012 and became co-artistic Director of Dance Through Time in 2019. She is also the Director of Creative Development for The New York Baroque Dance Company. Jennifer works with early music ensembles in the Bay Area to create performances, reconstruct ancient operas, teach classes and organize workshops and events centered around early dance and music. She has taught master classes at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s College, Dominican University, and College of the Pacific and works regularly in collaboration with the Educational Department of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, and with the San Francisco Early Music Society.