Renegade Rose Morris features many dances that parallel the cycles of the year. With a deep affinity for agricultural and town life, morris teams have celebrated these cycles for centuries at traditional fetes and festivals throughout the year. To honor this heritage, Renegade Rose has a year-long cycle of dances, both traditional and composed.
Beginning with the rebirth of the sun (Winter Solstice/Yule), followed by first stirrings of the earth at Imbolc (early February), through the months of summer and harvest, and ending with Halloween (or Samhain), Renegade Rose dances hope to evoke a reminder that we are tied to the earth and each other. We try to “dance out” at these times of the year.
Our list of dances and their corresponding festival:
|Time of Year||Dance||Music|
|Winter Solstice||Wassail Bowl (composed)||Sung and played: Somerset Wassail|
|Imbolc (February 1st)||Fieldtown Valentine (trad)||Valentine|
|Spring Equinox||Beansetting (trad)||Beansetting|
|May Day||Dawning of the May (based on All Hallow’s Eve)||Pepper in the Brandy|
|Summer Solstice||Oak and Ash and Thorn (composed)||Sung: Oak and Ash and Thorn|
|Lammas (August 1st)||John Barleycorn (courtesy of Hunters Moon Morris)||Sung: John Barleycorn|
|Autumnal Equinox||The Scythe (composed)||Sung: All among the Barley|
|Samhain (Halloween)||All Hallow’s Eve (courtesy of Ann Arbor Morris)||Sung: All Soul’s Night (Lorena McKinnit)|