Mary Collins

Dance, choreography – UK

Mary Collins dance choreographyMary is an early dance specialist of international repute. She works with dance, theatre and TV companies as an adviser, choreographer, dancer and actress and tours regularly giving master-classes, lecture-recitals and workshops. She is a regular faculty member of Aestas Musica in Croatia and The Ringve International Summer Course in Norway and has worked with many of the world’s leading exponents of early music.

Mary Collins in Baroque Costume

Mary revives original choreography and gesture for historical performance. Credits include Purcell’s operas Dioclesian, Dido & Aeneas, The Fairy Queen, The Indian Queen and King Arthur; Blow’s opera Venus & Adonis; Charpentier’s Acteon and Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo; Gluck’s ballet Don Juan; Rebel’s Les Elemens and Rameau’s Pygmalion.

Mary teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London and, outside London, at Birmingham City University – the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. Outside the UK she has also given courses for the Norwegian State Ballet School and the Norwegian Music Conservatoire in Norway, Hanyang University and Seoul University in South Korea and The University of Music in Bucharest.

In Romania, Mary also inspired and helped establish the Orange Young Musician Award which was created to find and promote young musical talent throughout the country. After four successful years the competition has earned high regard internationally for its standards and integrity. She has made several programmes on various aspects of early dance and its music for TV Cultural.

Education work spans every age-group and includes projects for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The National Trust, English Heritage and The British Museum. Her resource book for teachers ‘The Art that All Other Arts Do Approve’ is on the Recommended Reading List in the UK.