Goth Morris At The London Wall

London, The Arts

A morris dance is a form of English folk dance dating back to 1448, usually accompanied by music. It’s based on rhythmic stepping and patterns by a group of dancers armed with sticks, swords, handkerchiefs and bells. It’s very English and extremely silly. Last night I was at an event where it felt more sinister, with Wolfshead and Vixen, the world’s first Gothic Morris side. The nervous lady trapped between the slamming sticks is the artistic director of All Hallows On The Wall, the church where Cole Morton’s book ‘Is God Still An Englishman?’ was being launched.

Perhaps this is another example of the crossbreed entertainment (See ‘Chess Boxing’ below) that is currently hitting London.

5 comments on “Goth Morris At The London Wall”

  1. Mary says:

    Morris dancing is a very odd, macabre pursuit. I can recall being hit in the face with an inflated pig’s bladder, which was strung on a stick! The morris man thought this was hilarious…I’m sure it had some hidden meaning.

  2. Helen Martin says:

    Oh, yes it did. We have a female morris group that performs at appropriate events and, I am sure, will be dancing today somewhere. Every article you read tells you something different and contradictory about the tradition which proves, to me, that it really does go back to all sorts of traditions. Fertility, hero stories, and heavy drinking, all there. I like the bells and handkerchiefs, myself.
    Was that morris being performed *inside* a currently consecrated church? Must take a look out for that book, though.

  3. Mary says:

    The group of dancers that I encountered we in a NT property…out in the gardens. As I live in rural Somerset, I think the heavy cider drinking might be a clue!

  4. Karin says:

    video please!

  5. admin says:

    There are lots of Wolfshead & Vixen vids on YouTube.

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