Rachel Horrocks and CMEMLL member Jane Pettegree are looking to gather people from the School of English postgraduate community and hopefully further afield for a workshop and partial reconstruction of a Jacobean period masque, with dancing and music, next semester.
The masque is Francis Beaumont’s The Masque of the Olympic Knights (1613) (also known as The Masque of the Inner Temple and Gray’s Inn), what might be termed an Inns of Court production.
Early opera developed alongside courtly entertainments called ‘masques’, which combined music, dancing, dramatic verse and spectacle. The Masque of the Olympic Knights was written to celebrate the marriage of the eldest daughter of King James VI/I in 1613/14, and would have involved both professional performers and leading members of the Jacobean court.
The aim of this event is to explore how it felt to take part in a masque, and for the public showcase, to be present at such a performance. Join us and become a Duke, Duchess or even a King for a day. The dancing workshop will be led by Anne Daye, a leading UK expert in early dance, who lectures in historical dance at Laban, Trinity College of Music and RADA. Anne is chair of HDS (the Historical Dance Society). The event is supported by the HDS, the Music Centre and the School of English at the University of St Andrews.
A provisional timetable for the weekend is:
Friday 10 February, 19:00–21:00
Public Talk by Anne Daye
Saturday 11th February, 09:30–10:30
Saturday 11th February, 10:30–17:00
Saturday 11 February, 19:00 to 21:00
Younger Hall, North St, St Andrews
The public talk and showcase are both free and open-door events.
Workshop participation is free but spaces should be confirmed in advance.
To take part in the dance workshop : contact Rachel Horrocks, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To join our Jacobean dance band : contact Jane Pettegree, email email@example.com