Table of Special Events
- 2017, 15th Century Dance and the Lute, a Study Day
- 2015, Frydek-Mistek 21st International Folk Festival
- 2015, Eastbourne International Folk Festival
- 2012, A Special London Dance Class
- 2009, Dancing to the Lute
- 2012,2010,2008,2006 Big Dance Week
- 1990, Step Stately: a Measure in Time
15th Century Dance and the Lute, a Study Day hosted by the EDC and The Lute Society
April 22 2017 at the The Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA
Expert speakers discussed the role and influence of the lute as an instrument to accompany dance in the 15th century. The event included live music demonstrations, a dance workshop with Hazel Dennison, a dance display and recital by Renaissance Footnotes, Hazel Dennison, Barbara Segal & Friends, with music from Matthew Spring (lute) & others.
A video record of this day can be found at our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTSRkUZSDO9ZESOh_Y_zrJA . It was an interdisciplinary study event for both dancers & musicians, working together.
Renaissance Footnotes take the EDC to audiences in the Czech Republic
4 musicians from Passamezzo and 10 dancers from Renaissance Footnotes brought early dance to thousands of festival-goers. With the help of EDC, they attended the Frydek-Mistek 21st International Folk Festival, part of the annual programme of Unesco Partner, CIOFF (the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts).
Many European dance festivals draw huge crowds and this was no exception.
The Early Dance Circle helped sponsor the venture, with 580 participants danced their way through 35 timetabled events, including 26 concerts/performances over what must have been an exhilarating, if exhausting, week. Everyone attending received one of our fliers.
Robert Huggett taught Sellenger’s Round, Pease Bransle and Queen’s Almain to classes of 100 at a time, reaching out to many who had never before heard of early dance. His group danced at a concert for schools that played to 1000 and their 3 performances in the main town square were attended by 1000 to 2000 appreciative spectators. Oh, what we would give for such enthusiasm in the UK!
The leader of one of the groups will be attending classes with Renaissance Footnotes in the UK next year and others too showed a keen interest in how to research early dances. Our thanks to Robert and his group, as well as to Passamezzo, for taking part and for publicising the work of the Early Dance Circle and early dance itself among both dancers taking part and the large audiences who so much enjoyed their performances.
Barbara Segal’s Contretemps visits Eastbourne International Folk Festival
1-4 May 2015
28th Eastbourne International Folk Festival
The Early Dance Circle sponsored Contretemps’ appearance at Eastbourne as a way to reach out to fellow dancers who might not know about our website and what we do. We took information about the dances of various periods, where to find classes and the timing and the location of upcoming events. Our visit was very well received indeed.
See here for details.
A Special London Dance Class with Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director of the New York Baroque Dance Company
15th December 2012
The Place, London
A Dance Workshop on the “Baroque Body” and “Le Mouvement”
Dancing to the Lute: a day of talks, demonstrations and participation
Step Stately: a Measure in Time — A Concert at the Commonwealth Institute, Kensington, London
10th November 1990
An Early Dance Show in period dress, with music on period instruments and words from period texts.
Forty dances were performed by a troupe of 70 dancers, drawn from 13 dance groups, with 21 musicians.
Big Dance Week – participation in London and across the UK in collaboration with the Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society.
7-15th July 2012
A week of free evening classes and demonstrations culminated in a Grand Concert and Regency Dance at Charlton House, Greenwich, London, who helped sponsor the event by donating the venue. Once again, groups all over the UK developed and ran their own programmes during Big Dance Week.
3-11th July 2010 & 5-13th July 2008
Collaboration with Big Dance and the Arts Council allowed us to raise the profile of early dance at a number of events across London and the country.