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[07 APR 98] WARWICK ARTS SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE
Dancing As It Was 270 Years Ago

With the public's insatiable appetite for television period drama, one event in the Warwick Early Music Festival starting on Friday 1 May, will be of particular interest.

Using the spectacular ballroom in the Court House in Jury Street, the audience is invited to attend a soiree where dances that were in vogue when Francis Smith's handsome building was put up in the 1720s.

The programme is directed by members of Footworks OffLimits, Anna Mansbridge, Eva Leander and Warwickshire-based Mary Collins, who is recognised internationally as a performer, choreographer and teacher.

The music on Sunday 3 May, when her programme Fans, Fads and a Fugue will be given at 2.30pm in the Court House Ballroom will be provided by the Oxford-based group Charivari Agreable. The minuets and sarabandes and other musical interludes will be played by Jane Durner oboe, Susanne Heinrich viols and Kah-Ming Ng harpsichord.

The entertainment will include an appearance from Harlequin, whose costume will contrast strongly with those of the dancers and the line-up is completed by Tom Knight, an actor whose credits include Coronation Street, who will link the dances and music playing the role of the founder of The Tatler and Spectator, two journals that were never afraid to catalogue scandalous behaviour in the eighteenth century.

Fans, Fads and a Fugue is a highlight in the 24-event Warwick Early Music Festival which runs 1-5 May and which confirms the town's position as the third biggest centre for early music in England after York and London.

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Warwick Arts Society 01926 410747

 

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