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
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
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
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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