|12 February 2016
|Valentine's Late - A Romantic evening of music and Dance at the Gallery|
This year we were invited to perform as the British representatives at the International Folk Dance festival at Fridek-Mistek in the Czech Republic. Because of this major commitment in June, we cut back on the number of public dance preformances in the UK.
The year started with an invite from the BBC to dance with Dermot O'Leary as part of a 24 hour dance marathon. This was televised live on the BBC red button and we performed for about 5 minutes. We taught Dermot to dance Bransles for his Day of Dance. The link provides more details and the opportunity to donate.
Dermot said he had "seen better days" as his knees were "in pain". The TV and radio presenter, who had been dancing at the Piazza outside the BBC's Broadcasting House in London, said Tudor dancing had been "one of the highlights" of his day. He added that he was "overwhelmed" by the money that had been raised for Comic Relief.In May. we danced at the reenactment of Elizabeth 1st's visit to Oxford in 1566 organised by University Church, Oxford with music by the Oxford Waites. We also performed with Passamezzo at an event at The Medieval Merchants house in Southampton. This event was part of the Southampton commemoration of the 600th anniversary of Agincourt.
We performed at three public events in 2014. In May, English Heritage asked us to provide appropriate dances for the progress of Queen Elizabeth I around their properties at Kenilworth castle and Audley end This was followed by an event in August for CADW at Tretower Court.
We participated in a number of commercial events in 2013. The public events for the year started in January with dancing at Ware Museum as part of a living history for 12th night, and then we returned to Ware in April for the final event before the return of the great bed of Ware to the V&A. Both the Ware events were carried out in connection with Hungerford Household. In August, we visited Tretower Court in Wales to perform Henrician dances. Then in September, we performed at God's House tower in Southampton as part of their Tudor Revels celebration. Our last event of the year saw us at the Banqueting House in support of the Parliament Week celebrations were we were presenting the Governing body attitude to dance during the transition from Charles I through the Commonwealth and onto the rstoration of Charles II.
Our first event in 2012 was at the Wallace Collection, Negri's "Battaglia" as part of an evening performance by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in conjunction with the exhibition of Renaissance Swords at the Wallace Collection. We then participated at a two day living history at the Vyne as part of the Hungerford Household followed in June by two days at Shaw House, Newbury.
We then had two events at CADW sites in Wales. In August we were at Tretower Court and then a month later at Raglan Castle demonstrating the preparations for a Jacobean Masque. Closer to hime, we put on a beginners course followed by a concert performance of dancing as part of the Southampton Tudor Revels.
In 2011, we put on a set of performances in support of Dunstable's History Day 2011, followed on June 12 by participation in A Dance Through Time. This major collaborative work saw three dance groups recreating 16th and 17th century dances in the site the dances were named after. It is hoped to repeat this on a more extensive list of sites in 2012
Over the summer, we put on a weekend event of music and dance at Chepstow Castle, followed by a weekend charity event at Wolverton Manor and a one day event at Farnham Castle for the heritage open days.
In 2010 we performed at Medieval Mayhem at Ufton Court in May followed by a return visit to Chepstow Castle in June. July saw us providing music and dance for the British Museum "Renaissance Late" event held in conjunction with their "Italian Renaissance drawings" exhibition
Our Welsh tour followed in August with visits to Plas Mawr and Tretower Court. This was followed in September with participation in 2 events in the same day at Farnham Castle and the Vyne In support of the Mary Rose exhibition at the Willis Museum in Basingstoke, we provided music and dance for Tudor days at Basing House in October.
Events are performed under our stage name - Renaissance Footnotes.
We gave our first public performance in 1992 and since then have performed on our own, and in association with other groups at the Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, the Great Hall Winchester, the Commandery Worcester, the Painted Hall Greenwich, the Weald and Downland Museum of Buildings, Dinan (Brittany), Tourcoing (Alsace), Arreton Manor (IOW), and a number of English Heritage, National Trust and CADW sites across the country
We perform in good quality reproduction period clothes and footwear, either all of a single period, or showing a variety of styles illustrating the changing fashions between 1450 and 1650. We are able to supply our own musicians for a performance if required, who use reproduction period instruments, and who also have period costume. In addition to the performance dances, we know a number of simple audience participation dances which we are able to teach.
The members of the group have between them a wealth of experience in historical interpretation, both in events for schools, and in events open to the general public. So in addition to performing the dances we are able to discuss the social background to the dances, the basis of their reconstruction, our clothes etc., with the audiences.
We also have extensive contacts, and would be happy to assist in the staging of domestic living history events. The exact roles that we can cover depends on who is available, the group includes people able to cover the following roles: Household steward, cook, laundry woman, seamstress, lace maker, huntsman, gentleman, secretary, gentry lady, musician, still room woman, astrologer, physician and dancing master. Many of the group have been trained in historical interpretation for work at Hampton Court and almost everyone in the group has participated in the annual Kentwell tudor recreation.
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