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A selection of dances from Christmastide, The Courtly Arts Performers of Victoria’s 2018 Christmas Pageant. We presented customs and revelries of Christmastide from Tudor and Stuart England, performed with period instruments and in Renaissance and Baroque period costumes from the collection of our patron Helga Hill OAM.
Presented by the Courtly Arts Performers of Victoria (comprising the Rippon Lea Dancers and the Early Music Consort of Melbourne), with singer Natalie Maroki and narrator David Ranson
The playlist below starts with an introduction by David, followed by a combination of six dances, further narration and song. You can skip through the playlist by clicking on the advance icon on the bottom of the video, or typing SHIFT-N on your keyboard!
We performed the Pageant at two locations:
The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Flockart Hall, MLC, Kew, Victoria, Australia
The European Courtier
The European Courtier follows perhaps the most quintessential of European Courtiers, Baldassare Castiglione on his journey through the courts of England, France and Italy around 1500. Nobly born in 1478 near Mantua, he was very well connected indeed. He was cousin to the Gonzaga’s who ruled Mantua and to the Duke of Urbino – who presided over what was recognised as the most dazzlingly sophisticated Court in Italy and indeed the known world. This was the happy crucible in which Baldassare’s courtly skills were honed and the court he served as a much traveled Ambassador. Our performances in May 2019 brought alive music that Signore Castiglione would have enjoyed and dance in which he almost certainly would have participated as he strove to embody the ideal Renaissance Gentleman. Of course all the music for the performance performed by the Early Music Consort with period instruments and by the Courtly Arts Performers in Renaissance and Baroque period costumes from the collection of our patron Helga Hill OAM and the group’s dancers.
The playlist starts with a selection of images from the performance, followed by five French and Italian dances.