Renegade Rose Morris

Renegade Rose Morris

Performing in the 2012 Green Show on Thursday, August 16 and Saturday, August 18.

This is their first season in the OSF Green Show.

Non-traditional English Morris Dance troupe.

Renegade Rose Morris, founded October 2002, is the only Morris side in Oregon that is for both men and women, and multigenerational, welcoming dancers of all ages. Their dances are from the villages of Adderbury, Litchfield, Bampton, and Fieldtown in England's Cotswolds, let by music on accordion, concertina, mandolins, and whistle. They also perform contemporary Morris dances, dances that have been recently written usually in the style of a particular village tradition. Additionally, they dance stick dances from other cultural traditions.

Renegade Rose Morris have danced regularly for Seattle Folklife, Portland Pagan Community Pagan Faire, Alberta Street Last Thursday, Pirate Festival, Portland Parkways Festival, Portland Christmas Revels, the OSF Green Show and farmer's markets and street festivals.
Our musicians include Elizabeth Christina long time professional musician and member of Mistral.

Renegade Rose Morris on Community: Morris is a particular English tradition, and we consider ourselves connected to the traditional Anglo dance/song community. We also consider ourselves a street dance/theater group, connecting contemporary audiences to age old traditions, to keep it fresh and engaging. We prefer the approach of being "mingled" with our audience rather than "staged." Morris dance grew out of English village traditions where local residents would costume up in kit and bells and perform on the village green. Dancers and musicians were at the same time a part of the community and apart from it.

So why is this important? We live in a time where song and dance is often perceived as something other people - performers - do rather than something that everyone can do. Folk dance is even derided in some circles as being amateurish or silly. Yet the human need to create art, to dance, to sing, is in us since birth. Through Morris dance, we bring people in contact with the possibility to make music, to move in rhythm, to engage the world in a joyous expression.

We are interested in cross fertilizations of communities and traditions. Although some people consider Morris dance as something middle-aged English white guys do, we have begun to explore both the antecedents of Morris in Spanish "baston" dances and stick dances of other cultural traditions. Additionally younger dancers developing dances that intersect tradition with new dance forms. We're excited to interact with them and move the dance traditions forward by engaging younger dancers and new dances ourselves.

Traditional dances cement our relationship to the past. But they must have a future. And that's what we're about -- linking traditions to future generations.