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NINE DAIES WONDER - WORKSHOPS

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments will be offering a variety of workshops to run alongside their production, Nine Daies Wonder. These workshops can be tailored to the participants and we welcome bookings from arts centres, community groups, secondary schools, universities, Morris dancers, other dance groups and concert societies.
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MAKE A JIG IN A DAY

STRANGE AND ANCIENT INSTRUMENTS

THE WILD MORISCO

Elizabethan Jigs, performed for the audience's pleasure at the end of theatrical performances in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, were light hearted, raucous and sometimes, downright rude, entertainments. Will Kemp was renowned for his part in these and some think that the success and popularity of his jigs, alongside his tendency for inappropriate improvisation in plays, led to his split with Shakespeare and The Lord Chamberlain's Men.

With dancer, Steven Player, a musician and member of The Society and an actor/writer, the company will explore this outrageous genre from the inside. Participants in this workshop will create a jig for the 21st century.
The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments present a lecture recital, introducing an extraordinary selection of unusual instruments which summon up strange and ethereal sounds of bygone ages.

Four hundred years ago, dance would have been an important part of every day life, whether you worked in the fields or lived in the lap of luxury. Sliding, stamping, leaping, jumping and hopping are just some of the steps that were used. The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, with dancing master, Steven Player, will teach a wild Morisco, Elizabethan style, to the accompaniment of some extraordinary musical instruments.

This workshop can also include a practical exploration of Elizabethan and Jacobean music - from country dances to refined pavans.