Las Cruces Renaissance ArtsFaire 2021

Renaissance Faire

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy courtly dances at the Las Cruces Renaissance ArtsFaire Renaissance ArtsFaire this year! The Dance Eclectic will once again entertain the Crimson Bear Court with ballet, modern, and contemporary dance, as well as a sword piece by our Studio member! You will get to see a sneak peek of pieces premiering in The Dance Eclectic’s new original show debuting in January 2022 as well as pieces from our repertoire. We will also be joining Enchantment Historical Productions for their Play on Saturday at 3:30 and Sunday at 3:00.

LAS CRUCES RENAISSANCE ArtsFAIRE
IN THE CRIMSON BEAR COURT
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH

Our Renaissance-Inspired Dance Costumes

The Dance Eclectic shall don special costumes at the Las Cruces Renaissance ArtsFaire. The dance costumes were designed and constructed by Andrea Severson, a member of Mesilla Valley Dance Eclectic with an MA in history from NMSU, and an avid seamstress. She is currently writing her dissertation on gender and material culture, specifically regarding clothing as a component.

The costumes are inspired by Tudor fashion that was popular around the time of Henry VIII. The style is a combination of French and Spanish fashions popularized by Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. The knee-length skirts and short sleeves featured on the costumes are anachronisms for the sake of movement, making them more functional for dancing in.

Andrea will be present at the Crimson Bear Court as a part of Enchantment Historical Productions, and is happy to answer any questions you may have about historical fashion and clothing construction.

 

The Program

“The Caravan”

Choreographed by Stephanie Beauregard
Music: “Pompeii” by Bastille
Dancers: Andrea Severson Lopez, Lisa Moya, Morgan Rivera, Rachel Goodman, Stephanie Beauregard, and Tiana Potter

ABOUT THE PIECE

“The Caravan” is a piece that was featured in The Scarab Thief, a show from 2018. The setting is in Pharaoh’s court where an archeologist/thief is on trial for stealing a scarab from a tomb. It was originally choreographed that appear in The Scarab Thief, the Archaeologist Adventure-inspired show that debuted in February 2018.

 

“Sword Dance”

Choreographed by Julia Gardenhire
Music: “Frog’s Theme” by Malcolm Robinson
Dancers: Julia Gardenhire and Morgan Rivera

ABOUT THE PIECE

“Sword Dance” is a piece created by our Studio member Julia Gardenhire. She choreographed this piece by herself and it is her first piece to be performed publicly. It was originally featured in our online release of Fringe Dance Festival 2021. Julia has been a member of The Dance Eclectic Studio since 2020.

 

“Departure”

Choreographed by Miranda Read
Music: “A Sky for Shoeing Horses Under” by Why?
Dancers: Andrea Severson Lopez, Lisa Moya, Morgan Rivera, Rachel Goodman, Stephanie Beauregard, and Tiana Potter

ABOUT THE PIECE

“Departure” is a piece that was featured in Pandora, a show from 2017. This show was about the process of grieving after a loss and the ups and downs that one travels through. Pandora’s box is a metaphor for all of the good and bad that happen in the journey of healing.

 

“Phoenix”

Choreographed by Morgan Rivera
Music: “Ashes” by Celine Dion
Dancers: Andrea Severson Lopez and Morgan Rivera

ABOUT THE PIECE

“Phoenix” is a preview of a piece that we will have in our upcoming January Show. This piece is inspired by the emotion of the song and the feeling of coming out of the ashes to fly again “The Ring Leader” will debut on January 7 & 8, 2022 at the Black Box Theater.

 

“Is This Real?”

Choreographed by Morgan Rivera
Music: “How Dare You!” by Steaming Satellites
Dancers: Andrea Severson Lopez, Lisa Moya, Morgan Rivera, Rachel Goodman, Stephanie Beauregard, and Tiana Potter

ABOUT THE PIECE

“How Dare You!” is a piece that was featured in Pandora, a show from 2017. The inspiration for this piece was the ballet “Rite of Spring.” This show was about the process of grieving after a loss and the ups and downs that one travels through. Pandora’s box is a metaphor for all of the good and bad that happen in the journey of healing

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