ROCKLAND — The American Travelling Morrice group will perform in the side staff parking lot of the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, August 15, at 2 p.m.
The American Travelling Morrice ismprise cod of dancers and musicians from across North America and abroad. While many perform regularly with teams in their hometowns, they come together for one week each year to form the American Travelling Morrice. Since 1976, the group has toured throughout the Northeastern United States and England. Morris dancing is an English country tradition, with roots in medieval street theatre.
For hundreds of years, teams of white-clad dancers have capered and stepped through the intricate patterns of the dance, clashing wooden sticks and waving handkerchiefs in time to lively traditional tunes.
The American Travelling Morrice continues this tradition for a week each summer, bringing the Morris Dance to a new geographical region. Since 1976, the team has toured throughout New York, New England, New Jersey, Maine, Pennsylvania, and England, with performances in settings both rural (the town green, farmer’s market, etc.) and populated (The House of Seven Gables, Newport Folk Festival, Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial, Old Montreal, and the White House).
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 594-0310.