Project Alex: Performance Workshop
Photo: dressed up for our final performance at Notre Dame High School – part of the pilot workshop
Event details: Saturday 28 June 2014, 10.00am-4.00pm. On campus venue to be confirmed.
Calling singers, dancers and actors, age 16-25! Join us to help recreate the dramatic history of 1530s Florence in ‘The Assassin’s Masquerade’. This exciting new performance for September’s Festival of the Mind draws on research by Dr Catherine Fletcher in the Department of History.
Our first step in developing it will be a day-long workshop at the end of June for potential performers. Pilot versions of this workshop held in schools last year and funded through Arts Enterprise got great feedback: ‘‘The re-enactment of the masquerade performance really brought the history to life!!’ wrote one sixth-former. We’re looking forward to going bigger and better this summer.
The court we’re recreating included people not only from Italy but from as far afield as Russia and West Africa. Alessandro de’ Medici, duke of Florence in the 1530s, was nicknamed ‘the Moor’ and may have been the son of an African slave. We are keen to reflect this diversity in our workshop: please help us spread the word to potential participants!
Booking information will be posted soon on the project WordPress site where you can also find lots more background about the research.
For more information please contact Catherine Fletcher.