Musee National Marc Chagnall

Events, Tours and Visits

Previous destinations have included, Prague, Amsterdam, Avignon, Turkey, Kracow, Venice, Cote d'Azur and Sicily as well as Northumberland, Derbyshire, Cornwall, London, Glasgow and Norfolk, closer to home. Our tours are individually tailored for us by reputable specialised travel agents. We are accompanied by an expert guide/lecturer as well as a local guide where necessary.

The tours which are both great fun and informative have so far proved very popular and successful.

 

2022-2023 Calendar

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

DAY OF SPECIAL INTEREST LECTURES AND LUNCH

Tuesday, 25th October 2022

Jennifer Toynbee-Homes


THREE LECTURES AND LUNCH THE ART OF DANCE

Throughout history, dance has been a part of ceremonies, rituals and celebrations and a method of healing as well as an entertainment. Using stills and video we look at dance as an art form from its earliest beginnings to today’s modern dancing. Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes is an experienced guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern and lectures at art societies and institutions. She had a career spanning twenty years as a television producer/director for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Ballet and Dance

THE STORY OF BALLET AND DANCE

Ballet originated in the Italian Renaissance courts in the 15th century and came to the French court in 1533. King Louis XIV, a passionate dancer, popularised the art form and founded the Royal Academy of Dance in 1661. In the late19th and early 20th Century Ballet soared in popularity and new heights in Russia. Today classical forms, traditional stories and contemporary choreographic innovations intertwine to produce the character of modern ballet

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Picture: Programme illustration by Léon Bakst for the ballet Afternoon of a Faun (Nijinsky)


Ballet and Dance

THE BALLET RUSSES

Diaghilev created his Ballet Russes in 1909, bringing together extraordinary talented choreographers, dancers, musicians, designers and painters including Fokine, Nijinsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Picasso and Coco Chanel. He fused the latest in art, music and dance in spectacles that dazzled and astonished audiences around the world.



Ballet and Dance

THE ART OF MODERN DANCE

Isadora Duncan introduced a new free flowing form of dance at the turn of the 20th century. Modern dance pioneers including Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman and, post WW2, Merce Cunningham broke the rules and paved the way for post-modern dance from the 1960s. We will also take a look at street dancing, jazz and some extraordinary site specific works taking us up to the present time.


 

International Women's Day Lecture and Lunch

7th March 2023

Julia Marwood


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – TWO LECTURES AND LUNCH

Accredited Arts Society lecturer Julia is an ex-language teacher who became a tour guide at Manchester Art Gallery. The Art of Manchester and Scottish Art are her specialisms.

Ballet and Dance

ADOLPHE VALETTE: THE MANCHESTER IMPRESSIONIST

Adolphe Valette, LS Lowry’s tutor at the Manchester Municipal School of Art, painted wet and dirty Cottonopolis with a touch of French impressionistic elegance. His fine work and inspiration teaching are finally receiving deserved recognition.

Picture: Lydia Becker by Susan Isobel Dacre. Manchester


Ballet and Dance

THE WOMEN OF MANCHESTER ART GALLERY

Women are under-represented in most great art collections as, traditionally, many women artists have been ignored. We look at works in Manchester’s collection to explore how women and their lives have been represented over time.

Art Gallery Picture: York Street Manchester by Adolphe Valette


 

Tours

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