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Playford Then & Now Festival

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Playford - "The 'Why' and 'How' of his continuing success today through dances, bands, his London, his contemporaries and choreography.

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Following the success of the HDS Webinar Talks and the Online Dance Tutorials – both of which can be found on our YouTube channel – we’re delighted to announce the HDS Playford Weekend Festival – Playford, Then and Now. The enduring popularity of Playford dances and their music from the first edition published in 1651 to the 18th edition in 1728, is a treasure chest for folk dancers, historical dancers, musicians and researchers. Festival sessions will feature talks on a variety of related topics as well as a dance workshop, with renowned speakers from the UK and overseas.

Saturday November 7th

• 12 noon GMT (London) Introduction

• 12.05-13.05 Playford's London

Speaker: Tamsin Lewis

• 13.15-14.15 The New and (possibly) Improved English country dance in the later 1600s

Speaker: Ann Hinchliffe

• 14.25-15.25 Of Playford’s Contemporaries: Two Seventeenth-Century ECD Manuscripts at Harvard

Speaker: Aaron Macks

• 15.35-16.35 Interpreting and composing dances in the 21st century

Speaker: Colin Hume

• 16.45-17.45 Workshop: Contrasting styles of performance in the first edition

Speaker: Charlotte Ewart

• 17.45 Q&A

• 18:30 End

Sunday November 8th

• 12 noon GMT (London) Introduction

• 12.05-13.05 What is a ‘Country’ dance?

Speaker: Anne Daye

• 13.15-14.00 A Dance Band for Playford

Speaker: Jeremy Barlow

• 14.10-15.10 A Song for "Jamaica"

Speaker: Susan de Guardiola

• 15.20-16.20 The Fallibroome dances from Bernard Bentley

Speaker: Martyn Harvey

• 16.30-17.30 Playford, the Player: Choreographic Concepts as Dramatic Dance

Speaker: Darren Royston

• 17.30 Q&A

• 18:00 End

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