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At the heart of English folk

exCHANGES: Morris/Contemporary dance project (2009)

Led by morris practitioner and teacher Anthony Allen and contemporary choreographer Kate Flatt, this week-long English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) course aimed to engaged contemporary based dancers and choreographers with the folk dance form of Cotswold morris and provide an opportunity for creative exploration of this form.

Four choreographers were selected from an open application to work with seventeen dancers (contemporary and folk) and four folk musicians. The choreographers, Adesola Akinleye, Bim Malcomson, Yael Lowenstein and Keiran Sheehan created sketches of choreography which were performed to an invited audience of 30 people at the end of the week.

"I attended a stunning presentation of this five day experimental workshops… It very respectfully explore the Morris as a resource for contemporary dance. One amazing acrobatic interpretation explored a fusion of Morris meets Street Dance, and inspirational wow for our younger potential jiggers." Paul Reece, Morris Ring

Check out EFDSS' free Morris Contemporary Dance resource: notes, film and audio


The Full English

The Full English

Unlocking hidden treasure of England’s cultural heritage. The Full English is the world’s largest free digital archive English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs. Containing more than 58,400 items from 12 of the country’s most important early 20th century folk music collections, you can delve into wherever you are in the world.


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