Catherine Turocy


Catherine Turocy, a leader in the field of 18th-century stage performance, was decorated by the French Republic as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. Honored with NEA Exchange Fellowships supporting residencies in London and Paris, she further gained distinction by being the original choreographer of Jean Philippe Rameau’s Les Boréades in Aix-en-Provence and Zéphyre in New York City. (Circumstances did not allow these works to be performed in his lifetime.) Crowned La Camargo d’ Ohio early in her career by Le Monde, Ms. Turocy studied historical dance at Ohio State University with Dr. Shirley Wynne, and dance composition with Lynn Dally, Peter Saul, Kathryn Karipedes and Ruth Currier. Later she was awarded the prestigious BESSIE Award in New York City and the Natalie Skelton Award. She is featured in Janet Roseman’s book, Dance Masters: Interviews with Legends of Dance. A founding member of the Society for Dance History Scholars, Ms. Turocy lectures and writes on dance, contributing to books and international magazines. As a period specialist, Ms. Turocy has worked with Jessye Norman, Clark Tippet and Edward Villella. This June she directs Teseo at the Handel Goettingen Festival (Germany). Co-founder and Artistic Director of The New York Baroque Dance Company, Ms. Turocy is also co-director of the Stanford Historical Dance Week and is on the faculty of the Juilliard Historical Performance Program. She is a member of CORD (Committee on Research in Dance), CORPS de Ballet International, and the Dance Council. Honored to have been working with Ryan Brown and Opera Lafayette since 1999, she also treasures her work with conductors James Richman, John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan and with chef Thomas Keller of Per Se where she was a consultant.