A workshop on interpreting our sources for Playford dances, led by Anne Daye. Here’s Anne’s description of the workshop:
“The aim is to encourage more people to go back to the original documents, and develop understanding on which they can assess different interpretations of the dances.
I will cover ‘Playford’ as defined by Barlow in The Complete Country Dance tunes 1651 – 1728. So the day will explore the significant changes in dance culture of c.1700, concerning the introduction of the French style. Sources linked to and illuminating Playford will be discussed: manuscript sources, Lorin’s 2 ms. for the French king re English country dancing, country dances published c.1700 in Feuillet notation. We will also examine selected dances in order to investigate some of the problems in turning words into dance.
I expect the day to be roughly half and half practical and theoretical.”
Playford Music workshop: 10.30 a.m.‒1 p.m., led by Andrew Swaine
Any instrument welcome. Dots will be sent out in advance.
£5. To pre-book, email email@example.com
£1 off your ticket to the Coventry Zesty Playford dance in the evening when you book.
In association with the Historical Dance Society
Dance workshop: 2‒5 p.m., led by Anne Daye
Wear comfortable shoes, no experience needed.
Here’s Anne’s description of the workshop:
“I will teach the steps used in dancing c.1651 – c.1680: the singles and doubles widely known in the day and also for country dances. They are more accurate historically than the current practice in most folk dance circles of walking through the figures. They also bring the dances alive with more energy and drive than walking, and also shape the figures better and match the strains of the music.
The aim is to encourage the use of stepping in a fun and approachable way (and I have done this for many years with success!), and to impart some understanding of the historical context of country dancing as a sophisticated genre of dance, enjoyed by all levels of society, emphasizing how Playford 1651 was dedicated to the young gentlemen of the Inns of Court.
Along the way, I will indicate how we know about the steps, and how they vary in the different metres.
The importance is to reinstate the proper steps and therefore prompt appreciation of a very special aspect of English culture.”
£5. Please message Jen to book.
Special offer: £1 off your ticket to the Coventry Zesty Playford dance in the evening if you book for either of the workshops 🙂
In association with the Historical Dance Society.
For the next Coventry Zesty Playford, we have the wonderful band Albireo back again with the legendary Rhodri Davies to call the dances!