Performing Arts

Music, storytelling, juggling, theatre, and similar artistic endeavors.

[EAL] Break the Back of Winter

Greetings unto the populace!  It is our great pleasure to extend to you an invitation to Break the Back of Winter 7th: Skraeling Althings 30th. Join us as we ring in three decades of history.

[ATL] Performers' Revel

Continuing a tradition whose origin is lost in the mists of time ... on Saturday, March 3, 2012, the ancient and venerable Performers' Revel will take place in the vasty halls of Caer Bear. This is an event OF performers FOR performers BY performers!

[ART] Carnivale in Venice

The Shire of Castelleone Nuovo shall be holding our Venetian themed event "Carnivale" on the weekend of February 4, 2012 this winter!

Historical Christmas celebrations in London

Countess Alys Katharine reports that two sets of photos of Christmas interpretations, taken by British photographer and historical interpreter "spiral_tower," are available on Flickr.

Rappin' to Chaucer with Baba Brinkman

Canadian Baba Brinkman is a performer - and a scholar of medieval literature. He combined both in a recent one-man show, The Canterbury Tales Remixed, which set the Chaucer’s 14th-century work to original hip-hop songs. Catherine Rampell of the New York Times, has a review.

Royal Shakespeare Company to create "portable" theater for London performances

Stratford's Royal Shakespeare Company is hoping to construct a "flatpack replica" of famous theater for use in large productions in London. The theater interior would be reconstructed inside an existing building.

[OUT] Winter Feast & Baronial Arts and Science

Winter Feast & Baronial Arts and Science

[CAL] Lilies War XXVI

War of the Lilies is an annual event held in the center of the Kingdom of Calontir in June. It has been said that Lilies is so much like a vacation, you may forget it is a war, and it is our hope to continue that tradition.

[ATL] Ponte Alto 20 Year Celebration

Come one, come all, to the Barony of Ponte Alto's 20th Birthday Celebration! A host of activities are planned for this event including A&S displays, a palio race, competitions for the Baronial Artisan and our Baronial Bard, dancing, music, shopping, a lavish Italian feast, shopping, and more...!

The Most Interesting Zanni in the World

Promoting their 20th Anniversary performance, The Alexandrian Tapestries, the Golden Stag Players offer a parody video of the Dos Equis beer commercials that feature "the most interesting man in the world."

[LOC] The Feast of Venus

Be it known that Venus, the Goddess of Love herself, invites you all to a celebration of romance and chivalry in the fair gardens of the Barony of Politarchopolis.

[ANT] Fimbulvinter Festival of Fools

It is time to shake off the chill of winter and join with friends for a day of revelry and feasting.  Please join the Canton of Silverhart on February 18, 2012 for our annual winter feast – Fimbulvinter! 

[ATL] Verses of the Stone

Come all citizens of Atlantia and of the Barony of Sacred Stone. The nobles and citizens of Middlegate invite you to join us in a celebration of glorious Rome.

[ART] Love Revel

Stan Wyrm announces Love Revel 18  February A.S XLVI (2012 Gregorian) 37th Anniversary of the Founding of Shire Stan Wyrm, Feast Day of Saint Valentine, A.S. XIX.

[OUT] Winter Wolf & Blaiddwyn Masked Ball

In the wintery chill of January new champions will be forged, new legends will be made, and new frivolity will take place.

[MID] Masque of Courtly Love XVI

Marche of Alderford Presents The Masque of Courtly Love XVI
February 18, 2012

World class fencer Bob Anderson dies in England

For five decades, British sword master Bob Anderson graced the screen as fight director and stunt performer with such luminaries as Errol Flynn and Antonio Banderas. He played Darth Vader in fight sceens for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Anderson died January 1, 2012 in England at the age of 89.

[CAL] Midwinter Festival

Alleviate your mid-winter cabin fever with a Festival of Fun! The Barony of Vatavia invites you to:
Midwinter Festival: A Court of Love and Beauty January 28, 2012

[MID] Winter Revel

Join Rivenvale for our annual Winter Revel at the beautiful Pioneer Pavilion!

Stilt-jousting marks 600th anniversary

In a recent interview, NPR's Robert Siegel investigates the magic of stilt-walking, including the 600-year-old tradition of stilt-jousting in the city of Namur, Belgium. The story is available in print and audio.

The production and circulation of 15th century songs and carols

In her PhD dissertation for University College London, Kathleen Rose Palti looks at 15th century song lyrics, how they were used and circulated, and women's roles in the production of the songs.

Mummers reported to be Hottest Holiday Ticket

According to The Onion's entertainment reporter, a troupe of traveling mummers is making a hit across the USA this holiday season.

Viking fest named fourth in list of winter events

Up Helly Aa, the rousing Viking winterfest held each year in the Shetland Islands, has been named number four in a list of the ten best winter festivals compiled by the British travel publication Wanderlust. Stephen McGinty of The Scotsman has the story.

The secret of Renaissance acoustics

Scientists have long puzzled over the acoustic properties of grand churches and performances of late Renaissance music with its elaborate, up-tempo harmonies. Now a physicist and a music technologist believe they have cracked the secret.

Estrella War Shenanigans

Hello all and sundry. Lord Patrick the Butcher, Bard of the Sun here. You may or may not have heard that we are planning to make this Estrella war the most fun war ever, in the history of wars, and the College Of Bards needs your help, though you may not be a Bard.

The musical sounds of 16th century Venice

Musicians and choir directors have long speculated on what music of the past would have sounded like. Now a new study by a student and a professor from New York University and the University of Cambridge may offer a sample from 16th century Venice.

[MID] A Regular Event in Cleftlands

The Barony of the Cleftlands presents: A Regular Event in Cleftlands - The 14th Warrior

[CAI] Black Oak Lodge

The Shire of Darach is happy to announce the return of our famed weekend event, Black Oak Lodge, March 16-18, 2012!

[EAS] Baronial Investiture Anniversary

Roll out the carpet (a magic carpet, that is!) and prepare to be transported to an exotic place and time...into Arabian Nights!  Join the Barony of l’Ile du Dragon Dormant as they celebrate their Baronial Investiture Anniversary with a Middle Eastern flavour.

Historical event seeks 19th century re-enactors, musicians and displays

Algoma 1812 is looking for re-enactors, artisans, entertainers, historical displays, musicians, merchants, etc., to join them from July 17th to July 22nd, 2012 to help launch Algoma 1812’s kick off for the War of 1812 Bicentennial, at Fort St. Joseph & Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Sites, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.