Saturday, January 24, 2009

Morris Dancers: Endangered Species or the New Hipsters?

Recently there was a spate of news articles declaring that Morris dancing, that ancient British past-time in which grown men and women strap bells to their feet, grab hankies or sticks, and prance around, is in danger of dying out. Since most of you probably don't keep up to date on the latest in the Morris dance scene, let me be the first to inform you that other Morris dance diehards disagree completely.

And yesterday, via the Dirty Linen blog, came a report that there might be hope in the form of this movie, which claims to be the "Spinal Tap of Morris dance." Maybe Morris dancing will become the new hip-retro-cool activity du jour. Why not? It happened to swing dance, bluegrass and old-time music, shape note singing, why not Morris dance?

No word yet on when "Morris: A Life With Bells On" is due to be screened in North America. I'm holding my breath in anticipation.



Anonymous Tony Burns said...

The preview looks great. I'll be watching for this to show up at a local theatre.

January 25, 2009 11:51 AM  

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