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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:49 pm


Illustration of Shakespeare's clown Will Kemp Morris dancing from London to Oxford in 1600.


Morris dancers and a hobby horse: detail of Thames at Richmond, with the Old Royal Palace, c.1620.


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Morris dance is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Implements such as sticks, swords, handkerchiefs and bells may also be wielded by the dancers. In a small number of dances for one or two men, steps are performed near and across a pair of clay tobacco pipes laid across each other on the floor.

Claims that English records, dating back to 1448, mention the morris dance are open to dispute. There is no mention of "morris" dancing earlier than the late 15th century, although early records such as Bishops' "Visitation Articles" mention sword dancing, guising and other dancing activities as well as mumming plays. Furthermore, the earliest records invariably mention "Morys" in a court setting, and both men and women are mentioned as dancing, and a little later in the Lord Mayors' Processions in London. It is only later that it begins to be mentioned as something performed in the parishes. There is certainly no evidence that it is a pre-Christian ritual, as is often claimed.

In the modern day, it is commonly thought of as a uniquely English activity, although there are around 150 morris sides (or teams) in the United States. British expatriates form a larger part of the morris tradition in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong. There are isolated groups in other countries, for example those in Utrecht, Netherlands; the Arctic Morris Group of Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden; as well as in Cyprus; and Alsace, France.


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Re: Morris dancing

Post  eddie on Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:51 pm


Cotswolds morris with handkerchiefs.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:57 pm


Cotswold-style morris dancing in the grounds of Wells Cathedral, Wells, England — Exeter Morris Men.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:59 pm


Horwich, a north-west morris side.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:01 pm


Morris dancers with black-painted faces, traditional along the border with Wales.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:05 pm


Plough Monday dance by the Royal Liberty morris.


Pete, the Royal Liberty morris fool.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:15 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZjLATAUwao
Morris dancing in Oxford.

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Re: Morris dancing

Post  pinhedz on Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:25 am

The one's I saw were making naughty gestures with their sticks. Shocked

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