Early Dance Circle Festival
Norwich Historical Dance enjoyed their first ‘live’ Early Dance Circle Festival since 2019 in the Victoria Hall in Tring, Hertfordshire, over the weekend of October 21st -23rd, 2022. Entitled “Come yew in…”, their presentation celebrated Norwich’s status as a City of Sanctuary and the many and varied refugees who have made their home here.
Starting with Pavane de la Guerre, a symbolic battle dance, they moved on to Branle de la Torche using knitted canaries to illustrate the arrival of the refugees who brought their weaving skills and canaries to the county.
The 1940’s saw more refugees plus the US armed Forces with a new culture and music
More recently, wars in Eastern Europe as well as other parts of the world have brought more refugees seeking peace in Norfolk. NHD finished the set with Davorike Dajke which originated in what was Yugoslavia.
The next EDC Festival will be the 40th and will take place over the weekend of October 20th -22nd 2023 in Hereford Town Hall.
More photos of NHD dancers from festival can be seen here: Early-Dance-Circle-Festival