Their dance repertoire contains lots of bourrees, a lively French dance, as well as branles
, polkas, mazurkas and waltzes.
His grave branles
gave way to the courantes' lighter steps.
De tres jeunes gens branles
dans l'escalier, pour deux sous.
Would-be Squire's took part in axe, mace and sword training, which was followed by a session of courtly dancing, including the pavane, the farandole and the branles
- all popular from that era.
They began with the old measures, after that they daunced the Branles
, then the Mr took his seat, & the Revellers daunced Galliards, Corantoes, & french daunces, then countrey daunces till it grew very late.(97)
One of the most popular couple dances of mid-century was the courante, commonly included in court balls because of its freedom of execution, comparable to that offered a few decades later by the minuet, but the other sources include no suggestion that this was a courante.(23) Rebecca Harris-Warrick indicates that the music used for the 1668 ball may resemble the suites in a manuscript collection of branles
and courantes by Lully dated 1665 (LWV31), or the movements in the well-known Ecorcheville edition of suites.(24)
For the less bloodthirsty, guests can join in with a variety of 14th Century courtly dances, such as the pavane, the farandole and branles
. Admission to the event, which runs from 11.30am on Saturday and Sunday, is adults pounds 4.40, concessions pounds 3.30, children pounds 2.20, families pounds 11 and members free.
To materials from Caroso's and Negri's treatises videotape artistic director Charles Garth adds dances from Thoinot Arbeau's French manual Orchesographie (1588): a pavan and galliard plus branles
- circle-formation dances that frequently incorporate pantomimic gesture.
Il faut au surplus remarquer que de tout temps en chasque contree ou Prouince on a eu vne danse affectee, comme les Anglois les mesures et contredanses, les Escossois les Branles
d'Escosse, les Alemans l'Allemande ...(15)
For "Basse danse," we are directed to see "Dances (keyboard)--before 1600"; once there, some thirty items are cited only by their numbers with no other indication of which one(s) may be the basse dances or the branles
or the estampies.
There are 66 excellent pieces in French tablature from the beginning of the style brise, including preludes, fantaisies, passemaises, pavanes, gaillardes, branles
, courantes, voltes and a substantial set of variations on Susanne un jour.
A group of pieces by the eccentric German-Italian Kapsberger come off well, as do the following Branles
de village by Robert Ballard.