Tudor Dance ...
will be a great resource for teachers and anyone else interested in bringing the past alive. Lots of schools want to include Tudor dance - as it's great exercise as well as feeding into the historical experience! However, there's not a lot of help for teachers, who are likely to be starting completely from scratch and possibly feeling rather at sea.
Trouvère have years of experience providing Tudor workshops for schools and other groups within the UK and it's that experience that we've used in putting together this unique resource.
Here you will be able to find all you need to recreate the dance of the sixteenth century. And you don't have to be an experienced dancer or historian - we provide all you need to understand the dances and the period.
Tudor Dance will be a double-CD resource pack. One of these CDs will contain oodles of historical background - with images, descriptions of all the basic steps, and the choreography of ten period dances. All the information is backed up with:
- images, including many taken from sixteenth-century sources
- diagrams of the various steps
- video footage of the key steps and moves
- drum beat patterns to practice steps with
- audio of all the tunes in pared-back form for practising the dances, including versions with the steps 'called' over the music - again, great for practise! For example, from the 'Amoroso':
- the 'dots' for all the music allowing you to develop your own performances of Tudor music
- ideas for further research if you want to take the subject further
There's also a couple of worksheets based on two further sixteenth-century dance tunes, offering the chance to work up your own period-style dance.
The second CD is a straightforward audio CD with the music for each and every dance performed in full by Trouvère on an amazing range of authentic instruments. Here's our version of the "Torch Branle':
We've been working on the project for some time already, and it is in fact an elaboration on, and significant development, of a booklet-based pack we originally produced in 2003. This previous version proved very popular with teachers, reinforcing the fact that there is not a lot out there to help schools with this kind of material. This new project, which builds on feedback received for the original version, has substantially more content in terms of steps and background historical information, more dances, and - most importantly - all the interactive content like audio and video support that the digital format makes possible. We have chosen to use the interactive PDF format as being relatively easy to create and intuitively simple to use.
We are seeking funds to support the production of the double-CD pack - the design and production of quality disk-packaging and the formatting and production of the two CDs. The funds will also contribute towards the production of a brochure through which we can market our amazing new resource most effectively.
Thanks for your interest!
Our thanks to Martin Ker Photography for the image of the 'Horses Branle' used in our video.
Risks and challenges
The pack is at present 90% finished in terms of content and we are currently busy editing video and audio and slotting it all into place. There is a little more audio to complete, but we don't see any issues in the actual compilation and completion of the content.
Once it is all in place we will need to get the design work on the packaging and marketing material finalised. Again, this is under way and our designer has already begun work on both these aspects. We need to select a company to format and produce the actual CDs and packaging, and will take advice from our designer on this. We anticipate having everything done and the product completed by January, but this will depend on more than just us. However, any delay is likely to be minimal: we have a good working relationship with our designer who has worked on our audio CDs and marketing material in the past, and we are confident that he will oversee the actual production process as efficiently as he has done hitherto.
- (30 days)