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Way of the Morris

Synopsis
Morris Dancing is a form of English folk dancing that dates back to the 15th Century, in which men in costumes adorned with bells would offer their version of the dance of the Moors, with scarves, sticks and swords often used as part of the choreography. While Morris Dance has a rich tradition, in the 21st century it’s often looked on as the quaint pastime of local eccentrics, with its origins muddied by time and the performances appearing silly to the uninitiated. Actor and filmmaker Tim Plester comes from a family devoted to Morris Dancing, and in this documentary he examines this unique English custom as he explores its historic roots and searches for the serious intent beneath the somewhat comical surface. Features interviews with singer and songwriter Billy Bragg and folk musician Chris Leslie (of the group Fairport Convention).
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Year of production
2011
Subjects
Dance; History
Keywords
England; social history; morris dancing

Online availability

URI
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wayofthemorris/20525183
Price
£10.00 (download); £3.00 (48 hours streaming)
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Director
Tim Plester

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£13.40
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
63 minutes
Year
2017

Distributor

 

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amazon.co.uk

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