We are very happy to announce that the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance from Staffordshire will appear on stage at the Nottingham Playhouse at Dancing England. The team rarely leave their local area and we are indeed honoured that they will be joining us in January.
The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance is a folk dance that dates back to the Middle Ages and was performed at the Barthelmy Fair in August 1226. It is one of the few ritual rural customs to survive the passage of time and today the Horn Dance takes place annually on Wakes Monday,
After collecting the horns from the church at eight o’clock in the morning, the Horn Dancers comprising six Deer-men, a Fool, Hobby Horse, Bowman and Maid Marian, perform their dance to music provided by a melodeon player at locations throughout the village and its surrounding farms and pubs. The distance travelled is a walk of about 10 miles (or 16 kilometres).