NLA faculty; a different presentation every day from faculty in the New London Assembly.
Monday—Elements of Modern and Historical Country Dance Style, with Cécile Laye
What is style? This question has continually eluded modern country dancers and scholars. In this session, Cécile will endeavor to bring country dancing’s elements of style into focus.
Tuesday—Archival Dance Film, with Brad Foster and Audrey Jaber
Brad will show digitized versions of kinora and film moving pictures of country and morris dance from the 1910s, 20s, 30s, and 1965 in England, Amherst Massachusetts, upstate New York, and Pine Tree/Pinewoods Camp. Contrasts will be made between the early dancing style and changes (or not) with modern style. Many “Late Greats” will be seen including Cecil Sharp, Maud Karpeles, Helen (Karpeles) Kennedy, George Butterworth, Mary Gadd, Nibs and Jeanne Matthews, Art Cornelius, George Fogg and more.
Wednesday—Cecil Sharp & The Revival, with Cécile Laye
After having become a myth, Cecil Sharp has lately become a controversial figure; both attitudes prevent us from doing a much-needed reassessment of his work. Beyond the Victorian personality, it could be useful to go back to what Sharp actually did and why, both before the framework of the Revival Movement and within this movement.
Thursday—Triple the Fun: Triple Meter in English Country Dance with Carol Marsh and Audrey Jaber
One of the delights of English Country Dance music is its metrical variety. In addition to the reels (2/4) and jigs (6/8), English dances utilize several types of triple meters: minuets (3/4), hornpipes (3/2), and slip-jigs (9/8) — as well as the occasional courante, saraband, or passepied. This lecture will briefly trace the history of triple-meter music and dance from the 15th century onwards and will consider some ways in which biped dancers might move in triple time, either using historical footwork or with modern stepping.
Friday—A New Look at 20th-Century ECD in the United States, with Brad Foster and Audrey Jaber
Some have said the 100th anniversary of modern country dancing reaching the US should have honored the first wave of teachers from and contacts with England in 1910, rather than when Cecil Sharp founded the American Branches in 1915. Much of that early history has been unearthed and presented over the last 20 years. But did you know many communities put on massed morris dancing presentations in the 1910s, before Sharp’s first visit, and that the American Branches had a charismatic teacher in Alabama in the 1920s and held camps in Bryce Canyon, AZ and Carmel, CA in the 1930s? Brad will present newly discovered details of our American Past..
Saturday—Concert: Dance Music, Old and New, from Here and There, with Karen Axelrod, Audrey Jaber, Shira Kammen, and Eric Martin
Our faculty musicians will play a tapestry of dance music from around the world. This concert will be followed by demonstrations by members of Cécile’s classes of some of the material taught during the week.