International Medieval Congress - Medieval 2013

International Medieval Congress 1-4 July 2013

From the website of Leeds University

To celebrate the arrival of the IMC on the main University of Leeds campus, we invite all participants to attend an informal (and joyous) evening of medieval music and dance. The dancing will be led by the Arbeau Dancers, who will be providing instruction and demonstration of the different dances from the stately basse dances of the Burgundian court to the more lively dances of the Italian Renaissance, as well as peasant bransles, accompanied by live music. Audience participation is very welcome: the dances are appropriate for complete beginners, more confident dancers, or those just looking for a good time!

Likewise, participants are invited to simply come and cheer on the dancers. The Arbeau Dancers are a Yorkshire-based group who perform and demonstrate historical dances from the 14th to 19th centuries. They derive their name from a 16th-century French monk, Thoinot Arbeau, who wrote a dance manual, the Orchésographie, describing how dances were performed and the etiquette and manners of the time. They frequently perform in period costume, which they research carefully to provide as authentic a demonstration as possible of their dances.

From the website of the International Medieval Congress

The International Medieval Congress (IMC) is organised and administered by the Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS). Since its start in 1994, the Congress has established itself as an annual event with an attendance of over 1,700 medievalists from all over the world. It is the largest conference of its kind in Europe.

Drawing medievalists from over 50 countries, with over 1,300 individual papers and 450 academic sessions and a wide range of concerts, performances, readings, round tables, excursions, bookfair and associated events, the Leeds International Medieval Congress is Europe's largest annual gathering in the humanities. Next year's Congress will take place 7-10 July 2014

Comments for this event

  • I just wanted to write to you to say thank you for the wonderful performance of the Arbeau Dancers at the IMC last week. It was the perfect way to conclude the conference, and I think that everyone who took part, or even just observed, had a wonderful time.

    Dr Marta Cobb - Senior Congress Officer, International Medieval Congress, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds