Welcome to the list. It's been pretty quiet, but maybe we can kick up
some dust. I have a couple of open questions below.
Hole in the Wall comes to us from late 17th century (1698?) and early
18th century editions of Playford. The music was first published as a
Purcell hornpipe in the early to mid 1690's. I will look up more details
when I get home - I have my Arbeau at work, but my Playford references are
at home:) The Playford dances are appropriate for upper class people
(especially lawyers and government officials), although lesser nobility and
other well to do people would certainly have participated. By the turn of
the century I think they had a substantial middle class market, too.
This is a popular Regency dance and is also well known throughout much
of the SCA. Note that Hole in the Wall is not period for the SCA, nor is it
even a particularly period style. It is an early form of Real, so it is
closer to Contra dance than period court dance. The endless repetition does
help occasional dancers to learn it, however, so it remains popular even
though it is not inherently an easy dance (I've watched Science Fiction fans
try to get the hang of it at convention Regency dances - it's not easy).
At midwinter Lady Barbara gave me a list of dances she does in
al-Barran. We didn't have nearly enough time to chat, but I gather that
only some of the dances are done with any regularity. One that they did
perform was Ballo del Fiore, a fun 16th century Italian dance. I haven't
ever done this one, but I hope to introduce it soon in Caerthe. Its always
good to see more dancers and new (to us) dances.
Here's a question for the list: What dances do you see/want to see at
your events and what dances do you regularly practice? How often do you
Another question: What do you know about these dances? Would an
ongoing discussion of dance history be of general interest to the list?
Rattle, rattle ... anyone out there?
Keith / Guillaume S:}>
From: Reta Bray [mailto:bronwyn@...
Greeting Unto All!
My name is Bronwyn Anwyl Ferch. I am of al-Barran. Recently we have been
having several events that have been making more room for dancing. Our Baron
is very fond of Hole In The Wall, so I have been trying to find more
information on it, where it originated from and when. IF anyone can lead me
in the right direction I would be greatful.