This collection of selected writings of Ms. Hilton includes a complete facsimile of her 1981 book Dance of Court & Theater (no longer available) as well as two significant articles and a notated triple-meter danse à deux by LouisPécour.
Book One (the facsimile) provides in-depth analysis of primary sources on dance of the baroque period.The main body of the text is devoted to mastery of the Beauchamp-Feuillet notation system which includes the relationships of steps to music in such dance types as the menuet gavotte bourrée sarabande passacaille loure gigue and entrée grave. Instruction is also given on style bows and courtesies the use of the hat and the ballroom menuet ordinaire as given by Pierre Rameau.
Book Two adds theslow Seventeenth-Century French Courante; A survey of the 56 dances extant to music by J.B. Lully with their airs and some of the more virtuosic theatrical step-units in notation; Louis Pécour's ballroom dance Aimable Vainqueur (1701 in six pages of dance notation with a five-part score of André Campra's music from Hesione (1700)and an updated bibliography.
A student, colleague, and friend of Wendy Hilton for thirty years. They worked together most closely at the Stanford University Workshop on Baroque Dance and Music (1979–86 and 2000) and at the International Early Dance Institute at Goucher College (1988–91), as well as collaborating on many other scholarly, teaching, and performance projects. Bindig’s own career included teaching and/or performing appointments at Mount Holyoke College and the Five College Dance Department, the University of California, the Eastman School of Music, and the Juilliard School, among other institutions. She has written on aspects of early dance for the International Encyclopedia of Dance, the International Dictionary of Ballet, Dance Chronicle, and Dance Research Journal. Bindig holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University, with a dissertation entitled “Dancing in Harlequin’s World.” She has also worked as a professional editor for performing arts and political science publications and currently is the associate director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University.