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thumbnail of 2007-summerEditor: Doug Bradshaw

Published: Summer 2007

Number: 50

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The letter in this issue from Martyn Harvey set me thinking. “Is the look more important than the performance?” One of the most impressive performances of the Morris when I started out was by Mr. Jorrocks. I seem to recall only one or maybe two events where I caught them in performance. But the vision of Cotswold dances performed by what was by then a minimalist side was stunning. The dance was high energy and hypnotic to watch; the kit if I recall was all white with no baldricks or rosettes to be seen.

Move forward now to the present day. The Border/Molly axis of the dance world has in many cases moved to ever more elaborate use of costume and make up to dramatise the performance. Is this a plus or a minus? On the plus side I suppose the elaborate face painting defuses the Guardian readers horror of white folk blacking up. But on the minus side I personally find the elaboration of costume and makeup deflect attention from the dance. But maybe that’s the point!

All I can say for sure is that my own opinion of a dance is based on the energy and accuracy of the footwork and the way the dancers interact with each other and with their audience. All too often today I find that the high expectation created by costume and make up often falls rapidly when the actual dance begins.


Useful Contacts 2
Contents 3
Committee News 4
Letters 6
Rochester Sweeps – A Punters Point of View 8
Eagles at Sixteen 10
Rapper Workshop 11
Easter Monday Lifting Greenwich 12
Paul White – Sterotypes Still
Out There 14
Ten Questions to Fee Lock  16
I Didn’t Know Women Danced Morris 17
Education, Education 20
A Word in Your Web 20
CIOFF – Views Wanted 21
St. Georges Rides Again 22
Calendar 23
Shop 24




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