The ballroom offered rare opportunities for courtiers and wanna-bees to flirt, impress, and be seen. Beneath the formalized rules of etiquette seethed amorous dramas and political conflicts that played out on the dance floor over hours and days as the music played on. These well-documented scenarios rival our modern day novellas and daily news feeds! In one concentrated hour we will imagine ourselves at a court festivity with all its gossip and scandals, and finish with the customary contredansing that ended it all.
Jen Meller, Artistic Director of Dance Through Time
William Skeen, viola da gamba