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Washington Revels stages celebrations filled with traditional music, dance, stories and drama from around the world, revolving around the cycle of the seasons and the joys of community connections. Revels is for anyone who wants to share common ground through old and new traditions—connecting people across time and cultures. Revels is not something that you just watch—it is an experience.

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Being a Revels Kid in Autumn: A Guest Post by Emilie Moore, Revels Teaching Artist

by August 12, 2015 » Add the first comment.
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As a Revels Teaching Artist having grown up in Revels, passing on Revels traditions to kids feels quite natural to me. Each workshop explores cultures and traditions through movement, song, and story– we get to play while we learn, and we grow and change along with the changes of the Read more »

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A Journey Back to My Revels Roots: A Guest Post by Patrick Malone

by July 29, 2015 » Add the first comment.
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Attending the Christmas Revels each year with my family was probably my very favorite tradition. I remember vividly riding from our home in McLean, over Key Bridge, past the sparkling December lights of M Street, and stepping into the warm glow of Lisner Auditorium.  Attending the Revels was more a Read more »

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What’s Going on Down There? The Costume Shop in Summer

by July 20, 2015 » Add the first comment.
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It’s July. It’s 85 degrees outside in a hazy, sluggish world full of Nature’s brightest greens, yellows and oranges. Of course no one is thinking about Christmas and December, right? Wrong. In the busy and cool basement of Revels, the costume team is scurrying around with a pace that suggests Read more »

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Revisiting an Article by Mary Swope

by June 18, 2015 » Add the first comment.
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This article, written by Mary Swope eighteen years ago for the then-print newsletter Revelations, shows how some aspects of Revels are timeless. As we are deep in the middle of the upcoming 2015 show, we all appreciate seeing the overlap — Piffaro, a medieval castle, Mark Jaster, Roberta, Rosemary, Mary Read more »

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Raising Kids in the Revels World: Birthdays, Rhythms and Spring

by May 22, 2015 » Add the first comment.
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It’s not my son’s birthday today, but there are 40 people singing a birthday song to him (and to two other people). My son is turning 9. One of the other people is turning 41, and the other is turning 73. The song isn’t the traditional “Happy Birthday” song. There Read more »

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Maypoles and… frog’s eggs?

by April 9, 2015 » Add the first comment.
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This was a cold winter in Washington. The new climate reality, for now at least, seems to be cold air masses that get stuck over the region, dumping down snow and ice and bringing cold winds—nothing that would impress your average Canadian or Bostonian, but cold for us mid-Atlantic types. Read more »

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A New Intern’s View: Guest Post by April Li

by February 5, 2015 » Add the first comment.
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Greetings, Revelers! My name is April and I am so honored to be a new event planning intern at Washington Revels. I’m finding myself in a treasure island full of wonderful people and magical discoveries. I’m under passionate and inspiring hands from such a welcoming community who are so willing Read more »

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Revels Star Power: Volunteers! Guest Post by Christine Alexander

by November 2, 2014 » Add the first comment.
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The average Christmas Revels takes A LOT OF STAR POWER to produce.         Between the performers, production crews, and backstage crews an awe-inspiring amount of time is donated to the Washington Revels. Last year about 750 volunteers donated roughly 12,000 hours of their time. An adult chorus Read more »

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Greek and Bulgarian Salon Concerts

by November 20, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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Twice over the last week the performance space at Washington Revels was filled with dance and exciting music. Friday night, the music was Greek; last night, it was music from Bulgaria. The salon concerts are a chance for tradition-bearers in this year’s Christmas Revels to share a bit more of Read more »

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It’s Just So Many Words….

by November 14, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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In December, I’ll be standing on stage singing songs in Greek, Turkish, and Bulgarian like I’ve known them all my life. Today, November 14, I’m staring down a really large pile of words in languages I don’t speak. My memorization system has many parts. Some shorter pieces just stick in Read more »

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