academie: ALERT! Academie Requested for Walters Art Museum Re-opening

Lightning rlightning at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 4 09:59:53 PDT 2001


Oohh. This sounds *wonderful*! I wanna come play! And folks with sleeping
bags are welcome to my floor. I'm in Frederick...

Rebecca


----- Original Message -----
From: Edvard Gayer <scavard at hotmail.com>
To: <academie at pbm.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2001 10:05 PM
Subject: academie: ALERT! Academie Requested for Walters Art Museum
Re-opening


> Ladies and Gents, if I may have your kind attention please:
>
> A request from the Walters Art Museum was forwarded to me this afternoon
> through a friend in Bright Hills.  The Museum (in Baltimore) is re-opening
> after renovations on October 20th, and they are quite interested in having
a
> troupe of dancers come demonstrate authentic Medieval dances as part of
> their festivities.
>
> Details are extremely sketchy, but here's what I do know:
> - Two days (Saturday October 20th and Sunday October 21st)
> - AUTHENTIC dances
> - AUTHENTIC costumes
> - AUTHENTIC music (live, if possible)
>
> This is a serious request, and this is *not* a demo nor a recruitment
> thingy.  What we have here is a nationally-known Art Museum coming to the
> Academie to help show the Mundanes what Medieval dances looked like.  We
> would be representing ourselves, the Academie, the SCA, *AND* the Walters,
> so it is very important that we do this right.  (Yes, I'll have to wear
> something other than a t-tunic. <grin>)
>
> There's little info available on the Museum's website
(www.thewalters.org),
> but I do know that the exhibit's title is: "Wondrous Journeys: The Walters
> Collection from Egyptian Tombs to Medieval Castles"  here's a blurb from
> their site:
>
> "Wondrous Journeys, a new installation of the permanent collection, traces
> the path of artistic achievement in the West from pre-dynastic Egypt to
the
> early Renaissance through nearly 2,000 works of art. The installation will
> assemble works in surprising new ways, and display many objects that have
> never before been shown.
>
> The large-scale reconfiguration of the Walters collection has been
designed
> to make visitors feel as if they were walking through 5,000 years of
history
> as they move through the galleries. Many of the galleries have been
designed
> with a theatrical flavor, meant to offer visitors a sense of how these
works
> of art would have been used and understood when they were created. The
story
> begins on the second floor, when visitors enter the ancient world of Egypt
> through a temple gateway, and ends on the third floor, in a Knight's Hall
as
> it might have been encountered in Europe around the year 1500."
>
> We're the "around the year 1500" bit.  :)
>
> I told my contact in Bright Hills that I would present it to the Academie
> and see what kind of reaction I could get.  Based on the historical time
> frame, my first reaction is "Italian Bassedanse".  Others may react
> differently (I *fully* expect Greg and Judith to chime in at this point.
> <grin>)
>
> ANYWAY!!!  This is a serious chance for us to do some serious good, not
only
> for the Academie, but for the SCA, and help establish some wonderful
> contacts at the Walters.  Please look at your schedules, particularly
those
> in the northern end of the Kingdom, and see whether you can "clear the
> decks" for this.  If there's support, I will see about getting a small
> ensemble to play for us, and will get more specific information from the
> Museum.
>
> We have 55 days and counting.
>
> -Vard
>
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