Mary Collins is an Early Dance specialist whose research and teaching approach has inspired musicians to look afresh at the dance music which is at the heart of the baroque repertoire bringing, in turn, a fresh perspective on the great composers of the baroque era.
A practitioner and researcher, Mary regularly collaborates with many of the world’s leading exponents of early music; she performs regularly with the London Handel Players and Florilegium and gives master-classes, lecture-recitals and workshops to dancers and musicians throughout the world, notably the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the European Baroque Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia. She is a faculty member of the Austria Barokakademie and the 2017 Pro Corda Chamber Music course at Leiston Abbey
Reviving original choreography and gesture for historical performance, Mary’s notable productions include the Bourgeois Gentilhomme at the National Theatre of Croatia in Zagreb (awarded the Croatian Grand Prix Award 2009/10), the London Handel Festival’s ‘Il Pastor Fido’ in 2010 and Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley in Croatia 2015.
Mary teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.