The Historical Dance Society invite you to a Twelfth Night Revel. All welcome, with or without dance experience; please enquire also if you’d like to attend part-time.
A joyful weekend of dancing, music, masquing and sociable merriment in the style of Twelfth Night at an Elizabethan country house. Dances from Italy, France and England will be taught by Anne Daye (for dancers with some experience) and Ann Hinchliffe (for newcomers). The choice of dances will be linked to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, to the visit of a distinguished Italian visitor to the English court and to
the theme of the masque.
In imitation of the court, we will present a Twelfth-tide Masque of Knights and Amazons on Saturday evening, supported by three musicians. Your skills as dancer, speaker, singer or musician will be incorporated into the presentation, with the social dancing of the revels to follow the masque, and an audience willing to enter into the spirit.
Friday evening: Welcome, dinner, a short introduction to the weekend, then dancing and some party pieces.
Saturday: Dance classes in the morning. Rehearsals and preparation for masque in the afternoon. Presentation in the evening.
Sunday: Talk by Anne Daye: ‘Dancing at Queen Elizabeth’s court through the eyes of Virginio Orsini, Twelfth Night 1600‒1601’, followed by more dancing (details to be confirmed). Re-creating Twelfth Night of 1600 in dance, drama and music.
Join us for all or part of weekend.
Who’s it For?
Dancers of all levels of experience, with an interest in historical dance. All are welcome, including those with no dance experience, and membership of HDS is not necessary. Can’t make the full weekend? Please also enquire if you’d like to attend part-time.
The Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society was founded in 1970 in memory of Mabel Dolmetsch to promote knowledge of historical dance. The name was changed to The Historical Dance Society in 2015.
We promote public education in and appreciation of the performance, costume and music of European and other dances from 12th to 20th century as recorded in the literature of the period. Visit www.historicaldance.org.uk to find out more.