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Posted By: treewind
16-Sep-07 - 02:43 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Subject: RE: Folklore: The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Actually I like what they do at Thaxted. The theatre and amosphere of it was palpable even on my first encounter which was hearing a recording made on a crappy pocket cassette recorder. I subsequently saw the dance at Thaxted and was similarly entranced.

However it's not the same at what Abbotts Bromley do (which I only saw years later) and I also think it's very wrong to copy the Thaxted style (a) rather badly without creating the same atmosphere and (b) without realizing that this is not the Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance.

Actually I thought I heard or read somewhere that the Thaxted thing happens with the knowledge and approval of the Abbotts Bromley dancers, but I can't cite source.