Dancing Traditions

Most of the dances performed by the Hong Kong Morris are from the Cotswold Morris tradition. Cotswold traditions danced at various periods in the side’s history include Adderbury, Ascot-under-Wychwood, Bampton, Bledington, Bucknell, Fieldtown, Headington, Lichfield, Stanton Harcourt and Upton-on-Severn. At various periods in its history the side has also performed longsword dances, garland dances, rapper dances and mumming plays.
While the Hong Kong Morris has always regarded Lionel Bacon’s classic work A Handbook of Morris Dances as a most valuable source of information on the form and historical development of particular morris tunes and morris dances, it has never felt the need to adhere slavishly to the particular form in which a dance or tune was collected several decades ago.  The side has therefore contributed to the development of the morris tradition by adapting a number of existing dances to local circumstances.  In the early 1980s the Hong Kong Morris developed a variant of the Lichfield Morris tradition, designed to be viewed from above when being danced on the circular ground-floor stage of the multi-storey shopping mall The Landmark.  Instead of the conventional set of eight dancers, the Hong Kong Morris danced Lichfield with twelve dancers arranged in a cross formation. This formation enabled spectacular effects to be achieved, particularly in the complex Lichfield Hey. Other dances similarly adapted include the Upton-on-Yangtze stick dance, a version of the Upton-on-Severn stick dance performed in traditional Chinese costume with chopsticks, and Governor’s Gallop, a dance developed in the early 1990s in honour of Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last British governor.
At present (December 2010) the side’s preferred traditions are Adderbury, Bampton, Bledington and Fieldtown.

Black Joke
Bluebells of Scotland
Constant Billy
s Hey
Banbury Bill
Bonny Green Garters: a video (not HKM though!)
Speed the Plough
William and Nancy
Young Collins
Balance the Straw
Banks of the Dee
Dearest Dicky
Glorishears (Step-Back)
Kenworthy’s Old Woman
Nutting Girl (jig)

Some resources are available on our links page and the Squire has some music resources that he may share via Dropbox if you get in contact with him (but not all and sundry will be able to have access due to respecting certain copyright restrictions).