Conference Proceedings

Terpsichore and her Sisters

Proceedings of a conference held at St Katharine’s, Parmoor, Frieth, Buckinghamshire RG9 6NN on 8-10 April 2016.

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Ballroom, Stage & Village Green:
 Contexts for Early Dance

(ed. & intro. Barbara Segal and William Tuck, 2015)

Proceedings of a conference held at Prior Park College, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath on 11–13 April 2014. (paperback, iv + 140 pp) ISBN 987-0-9553532-6-0

Thirteen papers range from dance cards to dancing spies, social climbers to court politics. The Dance Card Collection in the Vienna Museum; Delizie e Danze – a tangible context, an intangible heritage; Dancing Spies – Nazi attempts to infiltrate the English Folk Revival; “Every Savage can Dance” – dance style as a cultural identifier; Mrs Elford – stage dancer and teacher in London, 1700-1730; Napoleon’s Grande Armée – a Driving Force Behind the Distribution of Dance Repertoires in Continental Europe (1803–1815); The Apotheosis of Louis XIV as Bacchus Winning India in the Court Ballet Le Triomphe de l’Amour (1681); Story-telling through dance; Stones in their Shoes – the fight that Early Dancers today have to face when performing at Heritage sites; The Dances in Dioclesian – the Dorset Garden Theatre as performance space; The Fleming Family’s Dance School at Bath 1750-1800; Seventeenth century dance spaces; the infrastructure.

Price – £10; (inc. P&P – UK – £12.20;  EU – £16.65;  Elsewhere – £18.00)

Dance & Society

(ed. Barbara Segal and William Tuck, 2012)

Proceedings of a conference held at Farnham Castle, Farnham, Surrey, 16-18 March, 2012. (paperback, iv + 140 pp) ISBN 987-0-9553532-4-6

Sixteen papers  covering: The minuet in 18th century Spain: a change in cultural identity?; The Forbidden Kate and the Prague Student: Issues of Nation and Political Context in Social Dances under Maria Theresa Hapsburg; Dance in the life of the Polish Nobility from the 16th to the 18th Centuries; Dance in Indian society: temple and courtly traditions; ‘Full of State and Ancientry’? Tracing the social connections of The Old Measures; Murder, theft and wrongful arrest: dancers and crime in the long eighteenth century; Social Equals – till the music stops; ‘A brilliant appearance of genteel company’: Dance and Society in eighteenth-century Yorkshire; Forget the crisis and dance; reconstructing Master Treby’s years of dancing and pleasure 1802-1815; Satyrs and bawds: representing the people in the Stuart masque; Out of this world: Did the Elizabethan court society really want to dance with the planets?; Choreographies of Order and Chaos, Pastoral and Courtly, in Chaucer and Spenser; Participative theatre and the re-creation of early Stuart masque; Early Dance in the ‘Big Society’ Era: making historical dance fit for the 21st century; From Scotch Reel to Western Reel; a Scottish dance becomes American (abstract); Dancing the Common Man (abstract)

Price – £10; (inc. P&P – UK – £12.20;  EU – £16.65;  Elsewhere – £18.00)

Dance and Heritage: Creation, Re-creation and Recreation

(ed. Barbara Segal and William Tuck, 2010)

Proceedings of a conference held at All Saints Pastoral Centre, St Albans, 20-21 March 2010    (paperback, iv + 140 pp.) ISBN 987-0-9553532-4-6

17 papers  cover: Dance Alive!- teaching dance in schools; Two Sisters’ Separate Paths: Early Dance and Early Music in the Age of Postmodernism; Featureless flannels and vulgar fichus: Problems of dress in the English Folk Dance Revival; “Chivalric Humanism” and the role of basse danse in the re-creation of a mythic past at the 15thC Burgundian Court; Recreation of Historical Dance: a Legacy of the Collective Imagination of the Screen; Edgar Allan Poe’s “Hop-Frog” and Le Bal Des Sauvages; Deadly Complaisance?; Interpreting the Dances of Gregorio Lambranzi or A Portrait of the Artist as na Heir of Greek Theatre; Early [modern] dance and the genesis of [Early] Modern dance; Théophile Gautier on Maria Taglioni’s ‘creation’ of the Bayadère character and the Indian Temple Dancers performing in Paris in 1838; Court ballet into ‘milky-bar-art’s times: the cultural studies view of dance reconstruction; Past Performance: a review of intentions and outcomes in three acts; Bonnets and Bullshit; A Lecture/Demonstration on Isadora Duncan; “Between Silk and Blue Jeans” : aspects of Historical Dance in the 21st Century; Picturing the Past: later illustrations of the dance in the garden from Le roman de la rose (c1230); Everybody’s Doin’ it! A Ragtime Workshop

Price – £10; (inc. P&P – UK – £12.20;  EU – £16.65;  Elsewhere – £18.00)

Dancing Master or Hop Merchant?  The role of the dance teacher through the ages

(ed.  Barbara Segal, 2008)

Proceedings of a conference held at St Bride Institute, Fleet Street, London, on 23 February 2008    (paperback, iv + 94 pp.) ISBN 978-0-9553532-3-9

9 papers cover: Changing attitudes to dance; Fencing Masters, the language of their teaching; Dancing masters in 15th C. Burgundy;  Dance and education in the 17th C.;  Dancing Masters in 18th C. Dublin;  Scholars, apprentices and dance training, 1700-1750;  Dancing Masters: Professionals or Businessmen?  Monsieur Nivelon;  Arbeau’s Orchésographie in 19th C. dance histories.

Price: £8; (with P&P – U.K. – £10.20;  Europe: – £16.65;  Rest of world – £18.00)

Masks, masques and masquerades: a living tradition

(ed. David Wilson, 2006)

Proceedings of a conference held at St Bride Institute, Fleet Street, London, 21 February 2006 (paperback, iv + 42 pp.) ISBN 0 9553532-0-3

8 papers cover:  satyr dance in ancient Greece;  masks in Roman dance theatre;  mask dances from Portugal;  masquing dances of the Stuarts;  masks in the etchings of G M Mitelli;  masquerade balls in 18th C. England and the subversion of the social order;  masked performance in Bali and Japan;   making masks for dancing.

Price – £6;  (with P&P – U.K. – £8.85;  Europe: – £10.30;  Rest of world – £11.55)

The Great Divide? – the impact of the French Revolution on dance, costume and culture

(ed. David Wilson, 2004)

Proceedings of a conference held at St Bride Institute, Fleet Street, London, 21 February 2004 (paperback, iv + 25 pp.) ISBN 0 9513640 8 1

Successive modes of dancing in France could be seen to respond directly and immediately to the changing social and political environments of the time, whereas in the relative calm of England changes came much more slowly. In fashionable dress the influences went both ways: French émigrés brought French modes on their backs, but those living in France found that the style of the English country gentleman could be affected without making any unwise political statement. In the special case of the Bals de victimes dance and dress together defied the new régime behind closed doors. A detailed study of dancing as experienced and described by Jane Austen completed the English aspect of those troubled times.

Price – £6;  (with P&P – U.K. – £8.85;  Europe: – £10.30;  Rest of world – £11.55)

The Restoration of Charles II: public order, theatre and dance

(ed. David Wilson, 2002)

Proceedings of a conference held at Bankside House, London, on 23 February 2002 (paperback, iv + 33 pages). ISBN 09513640 6 5

Five papers explore aspects of the reign of Charles II as compared with the preceding Commonwealth (and with the reign of Charles I). How far did magistrates relax their standards? In what ways did stage dancing manage to survive the closing of the theatres during the Interregnum? What features of masque and antimasque were carried forward into the productions of the later seventeenth century? How did the prevailing style of dance change during the seventeenth century, and how many dancers were there in England in 1675 capable of performing in the current French style?? This volume presents a lively picture of the London theatre, stage dancing and related matters in the second half of the seventeenth century.

Price – £6;  (with P&P – U.K. – £8.85;  Europe: – £10.30;  Rest of world – £11.55)

Education and Early Dance (ed. David Wilson, 1999)

Proceedings of a conference held at the Royal Society of Arts, London, 27 February 1999 (paperback, vi + 58 pages). ISBN 0 9513640 5 7

Eight papers are devoted to the place, value and organisation of Early Dance within education, from Primary School to Teacher Training College, as well as in a variety of contexts within the community, such as with the visually impaired, in the juvenile ballet class, with drama students, in living history events and in public concerts.

Price – £6;  (with P&P – U.K. – £8.85;  Europe: – £10.30;  Rest of world – £11.55)

Belinda Quirey and Historical Dance (ed. David Wilson, 1997)

Proceedings of a conference in celebration of the life and work of Belinda Quirey (1912-1996), held at Birkbeck College, London, 5 April 1997 (paperback, iv + 48 pages). ISBN 0 9513640 3 0

This volume contains a number of tributes to, and reminiscences of, Belinda Quirey, as well as three longer contributions:

  • Historical Dance in Higher Education
  • ‘We’ve got a Carriage!’ [documentation (both pictorial and literary) for carriage of the body on the dance floor and in Society from the 15th to the 19th century, plus some 20th-century re-creations]
  • Historical Dance – past, present and future.

Price – £6;  (with P&P – U.K. – £8.85;  Europe: – £10.30;  Rest of world – £11.55)