The Early Dance Circle Conference 2024

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The Early Dance Circle (EDC) Biennial Conference will be held 10-12 May 2024. The Conference brings together international specialists on historical dance topics spanning six centuries of dance history in the delightful surroundings of St Katharine’s Retreat House, Parmoor, Frieth, RG9 6NN, near High Wycombe. The theme for the 2024 gathering is Recovering Historical Dance: “We don’t reproduce the past, we create it” (Hilary Mantel). You can find more details at https://www.earlydancecircle.co.uk/events/#Conference
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Summer School 2023. Dances of the Italian Renaissance.

Summer School 2023. Dances of the Italian Renaissance.

For dancers, Past events, Past summer schools
Exploring Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Dance Friday 14th to Monday 17th July 2023 or Friday 14th to Friday 21st July at Bromsgrove School, West Midlands, B61 7HP. Bromsgrove School We offer a choice of a 15th or 16th Century dance course at two general levels of difficulty/challenge. The weekend course is aimed at those with little or no dance experience of their chosen period. The longer course is aimed at those with previous experience and some knowledge of the step vocabulary, with a few places available for weekend attendance. The weekend courses offer an excellent introduction to historical dance. Participants will study with their chosen tutor in daily classes, to develop technique and learn a selection of dances. A varied choice of afternoon workshops led by course tutors and other…
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Study Forum 1: Reconstructing Technique – Creating Performance (2013)

Conference publications
Goldsmiths, University of London, 23-24 March 2013 Two days of practical workshops and presentations, guided by leading researchers, teachers and performers. Due to the practical nature of most of the sessions, the proceedings were not published. One of the papers is available to download Roger Clegg, Lucie Skeaping and Anne Daye – Singing Simpkin and other Bawdy Jigs: Recuperating the Song-and-Dance Comedies on the Shakespearean Stage (paper and workshop) Paul and Ann Kent – Ever to Endure: Recreating Dances from the Gresley Manuscript (workshop) Ilona Taure – Bringing the Castle to Life: dance at Bauska Castle, Latvia (presentation) Download Jennifer Kiek – "... and winding heys to tread": an Exploration of Possible Interpretations of the S. Hey in Country Dances from Playford 1651 (workshop) Jennifer Thorp – Revisiting Le Palais…
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On Common Ground 7: Kings and Commoners: Dances of Display for Court, City and Country (2009)

Conference publications
All Saints Pastoral Centre, London Colney, St Albans, 28-29 March 2009 All the papers are available to download. Anne Daye – Dancing for King and Country: the Jacobean Court Dancer Download Hazel Dennison – Dancing the Barbarian (workshop) Download Maëlle Amand – The Distorted Representations of Dance in Eighteenth-Century Britain: a Study of Parody and Caricature Download Moira Goff – Edmund Pemberton and the Improvement of Dancing Download Barbara Segal – The Hornpipe: a Dance for Kings, Commoners and Comedians (workshop) Download Ann and Paul Kent – Bransles for Display? Download Jørgen Schou-Pedersen – Dances for a Royal Danish Masquerade Download
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On Common Ground 5: Dance in Drama, Drama in Dance (2005)

Conference publications
Cecil Sharp House, London, 12 March 2005. All of the papers are available to download. Jeremy Barlow – But at present keep your own secret: Dances in The Beggar's Opera Download Anne Daye – Character in action in the seventeenth-century antimaque Download Hazel Dennison – The significance of drama created through gesture in European dance sources 1450-1720 Download Moria Goff – Weaver, words and dancing in The Judgement of Paris Download Jennifer Kiek – We'll have a crash here in the yard! English country dance in early modern stage plays.Not included in the printed proceedings Download Cecilia Nocilli – La presa di Granata and Il Tronfo de la Fama: the dance in the farces of Iacopo Sannazaro (1492) Download Jennifer Thorp – Drama and dance in Le Ballet de la…
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On Common Ground 4: The Problems of Reconstruction and Re-creation in Dance (2003)

Conference publications
Cecil Sharp House, London, 29 March 2003 The conference provided an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to discuss with colleagues the issues strategies, results and rationales for reconstruction and re-creation in historical dance. The one-day conference attracted over 60 participants from Britain, continental Europe and the USA to explore the problems of reconstructing dances from verbal descriptions and notated scores, and the value of re-creating dances from contextual information. The speakers presented case studies spanning the period from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. Most of the papers are available to download. Patri J. Pugliese – Dancing and fencing from the Renaissance to the 19th century Download Diana Cruickshank – Theres many a slip: the interpretation of 15th-century Italian dance Download David Wilson – Problems and possible solutions in…
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On Common Ground 2: Continuity and Change (1998)

Conference publications
London, 14 March 1998 The conference explored the concepts of continuity and change as seen in the sources for historical dance, and in current research, re-creation and performance. All of the papers are available to download. Barbara Sparti – Early Dance research and performance: past, present and future (Keynote paper) Download Hazel Dennison – Beyond the ballroom: dance as theatre art in 15th-century Europe Download Michael E. Lutz – Continuity and change within the two dance treatises of Fabritio Caroso Download Diana Cruickshank – Caroso's two versions of 'Allegrezza d'Amore' Download Jennifer Thorp – The effectiveness of Beauchamp-Feuillet notation as a means of recording dance in the eigtheenth century Download Helene Kázarová – One music - two dances: Sarabande by Lully Download Madeleine Inglehearn – Queen Anne's dancing master Download…
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