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Historical Dance Workshop with The Nonsuch Dancers

NCEM, York
Saturday 7 June 10:00am

Adults £25 | Concessions £20 | Students £15

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Tutors: Darren Royston and The Nonsuch Dancers

Come and explore early dance with Nonsuch History and Dance, Britain''s premier historical dance company!  The workshops are open to all interested adults (age 18 years and above), are suitable for all levels of ability, and will appeal to dance enthusiasts of all styles, especially those dancers interested in acting and characterisation.  Participants will be offered the option of being involved in the performance of The Dance of the Deadly Sins with Nonsuch History and Dance at York Early Music Festival on 15 July 2014.

The Workshop Weekend will introduce participants to the basic ideas of historical dance and music, including the different styles of dance matched to particular Renaissance musical forms such as the Saltarello and Bassadanza of Italy, the Pavane and Galliarde of France and the saucy Zarabanda of Spain, along with English country dances collected in John Playford''s The English Dancing Master of 1651. The different dramatic qualities of the dances will be used to create physical theatre interpretations related to the 16th century Spanish dance drama of The Dance of the Deadly Sins.

Participants interested in being involved in the performance of The Dance of the Deadly Sins at the NCEM as part of the York Early Music Festival must be able to attend a rehearsal on
 Monday 14 July 2014, 7.00pm - 10.00pm, and the performance on Tuesday 15 July 2014, 6.00pm - 9.00pm.    

Darren Royston is a specialist in dance history, working as dance consultant at the National Theatre, Old Vic Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and internationally. He is associate tutor at RADA in London and a choreographer in theatre, film, TV and opera. As Artistic Director of Nonsuch, his aim is to offer practical research into dances from history in an entertaining and accessible way, and he invites you to explore how people of other historical periods used dance as both a fun social experience and a refined theatrical art.

Nonsuch History and Dance have performed nationwide at venues including Hampton Court Palace, the British Museum and Middle Temple Hall, as well as appearing on ITV, Sky TV, Channel 4, Comic Relief and BBC Radio 3. They are experienced providers of training and workshops in period movement and historical dance. See  

FEES:   Workshop Weekend (Saturday & Sunday) £40 (concessions £30, full time students £25)

  Single day (Saturday or Sunday) £25 (concessions £20, full time students £15)

  Refreshments at breaks are included in the fee; please bring your own lunch or use local cafés. 

  Closing date for booking: Wednesday 4 June 2014.  Places will be confirmed on receipt of full payment and the completed booking form (Download below).

Historical Dance Workshop Weekend - Booking Form Download

For further information, email the Music Administrator at or telephone 01904 632220

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