Playford Period Dance in Ely for Living History Day 2009
Playford Period Dance in Ely for Living History Day

Our first engagement in Ely for the 350th anniversary of the death of Cromwell in 2008 was a success and the day worked out so well, that Ely decided to institute an annual Living History day. These photographs are from our performances at the event in 2009. The dances are from the Stuart period and are done in the style known as Playford, which comes from the book, "The English Dancing Master", by John Playford, 1651.

The Capriol
                         Dancers
The Capriol Dancers
Preparing to
                         dance in front of Cromwell House
Preparing to dance in front of Cromwell House
The dance
                         "Heart's Ease"
The dance "Heart's Ease"
Later in the
                         dance "Heart's Ease"
Later in the dance "Heart's Ease"
The dance
                         "Mundesse"
The dance "Mundesse"
"Mundesse"—a circle for three couples
"Mundesse"—a circle for three couples
The dance
                         "Faine I Would"
The dance "Faine I Would"
"Faine
                         I Would"—arming
"Faine I Would"—arming
The dance
                         "Lord of Carnavon's Jegg"
The dance "Lord of Carnavon's Jegg"
The dance "Jenny
                         Pluck Pears"
The dance "Jenny Pluck Pears"
The dance
                         "Prince Rupert's March"
The dance "Prince Rupert's March"
The dance
                         "Shepherd's Holiday"
The dance "Shepherd's Holiday"
The dance
                         "Hunsdon House"
The dance "Hunsdon House"
The dance
                         "Goddesses"
The dance "Goddesses"
Follow the
                         leader—the Farandole
Follow the leader—the Farandole
Another Farandole
Another Farandole
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