Mudcat Café message #2116514 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #103732   Message #2116514
Posted By: GUEST,PMB
01-Aug-07 - 11:18 AM
Thread Name: Morris segregation
Subject: RE: Morris segregation
As a non- dancer, I can only talk as a spectator. A few points though- first, the music is all too often bloody awful. Some will argue that it isn't about the music, but the dance. But the crowd are listening too, and if they think the music's naff it will prejudice them against the dancing. OK, you can't all have ace musicians with loud instruments, but all too often the ethos seems to be directly against any quality here. Is it better to use a band of non- dancers who can play, or a dancer or two who know the dances inside out, but who can't string a tune together?

Most of the dancers we seem to get locally are Cotswold, and it gets a bit same-ish- same dances, same squeaky melodeons, same dress, same tunes, same jokes. Same every year. I know it's ritual, and traditional, but there must be some scope for variation. If you are following the same tour pattern, even the determinedly ignborant will find it getting stale after a view viewings. Be prepared to mix traditions and styles a bit?

Would integration help? Don't know, but an injection of youth and enthusiasm might. Many of the sides I see are the same as 10 years ago, but fatter, older, greyer and more arthritic. I would suggest that a side that doesn't have a new young dancer every other year will eventually die. And if this means persuading some of the older members to retire, remember Kronos and Ouranos. Perhaps run a veterans' side.