W13 Music and dance in the 15th-century

Mon 8th April - 10:30am to 12:00 noon

Merchiston Workshops - Workshop Space


Sponsored by The Wire Branch of the Clarsach Society

A combined music and dance workshop focusing on the earliest sources of dance choreography, from 15th century Italy. Participants can join in either dancing or playing or both; an important aspect will be how musicians and dancers can react to each other in performance. The workshop will teach both steps and style for dancing, and also cover how to arrange music from the dance sources – which is often only a simple tune or tenor line – drawing on understanding of the dance tempos and structure. Open to all instruments and those with experience in any form of dance.

Tutor: Gailta (Cait Webb / Chris Elmes) - Cait is a specialist in dance in the 1400s. She has published several books with dance reconstructions from period sources, and taught dance workshops in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Austria. She leads an Early Renaissance dance group in Edinburgh. She is also an accomplished performer on medieval and bray harp with Gaita Medieval Music. The ensemble’s director, Chris Elmes, has extensive experience in arrangement (often requiring additional composition in period style) of music for dance of the 1400s. Together they bring a deep understanding of both the music and the dance to present a unified art.