• The Dancingmaster of Canterbury

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    Name: The Dancingmaster of Canterbury
    Date: September 23, 2017
    Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
    Event Description:
    On September 23rd at 8 P.M. at the Peterborough Town House, Peterborough, New Hampshire, and on September 24th at 7 P.M. at Next Stage Arts in Putney, Vermont, a unique music theater event takes place. The Monadnock Folklore Society, Next Stage Arts Project, and the Brattleboro Music Center jointly present THE DANCINGMASTER. The Dancingmaster is a whimsical musical portrait of the legendary contra dance caller, Dudley Laufman. Dudley almost single-handedly provided the link between the old days of rural contradancing in the hamlets of New England, and the vibrant network of dances taking place every week throughout the United States and beyond. The words sung in the piece come, verbatim, from an interview conducted with Dudley by composer Lawrence Siegel, the latest of his acclaimed “Verbatim Projects.” The character “Dudley” is played by the great traditional musician, Keith Murphy. Becky Tracy on violin and Siegel on piano provide the musical accompaniment. Mary DesRosiers, a dancing master in her own right, has created original choreography performed by a group of traditional dancers from the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. There are two performances only, making this a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness this unique combination of music, dance and storytelling. Keith Murphy brings his warm and evocative tenor voice to the character of Dudley. Becky Tracy weaves her special sound into music inside and outside the traditional realm. Mary DesRosier’s choreography works traditional dance forms into a narrative presence in the piece. Together, these artists and the dancers achieve Larry Siegel’s vision merging traditional vocabulary with the forms of classical opera, along with his unique ability to transform spoken words into lyrics. The Dancingmaster will appeal to fans of traditional music and dance and at the same time to audiences for musical theater and classical music. Tickets, $20 in advance, $24 at the door, are available through brownpapertickets.org
    Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458
    Date/Time Information:
    Saturday, September 23, 2017 8 PM
    Contact Information:
    Lisa Sieverts
    $20 in advance, $24 at the door
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