2020 “Season of Reveling”
This December’s Christmas Revels will not take place on a stage… but Washington Revels will celebrate nonetheless!
Our Artistic Team has been hard at work imagining the possibilities of a virtual Christmas Revels. Much more information is coming soon! Right now we are excited to share that we will not only present a virtual Winter Solstice Revels, but also we are also planning an ongoing “suite” of Fall programming — “A Season of Reveling“ — with which we plan to:
- Revels Book of Days!Learn from tradition bearers from the Revels community who invite us to join them in marking important days within their cultures.
- Participate in Revels’ year-round programs that, more than ever before, connect with the diverse tapestry of today’s traditions.
- The Winter Solstice Revels!Experience the 37-year legacy of The Christmas Revels — music, dances, and stories of the Winter Solstice enjoyed by 10,000 people each year — in a special Solstice edition as we highlight on- and off-stage magic from this beloved production in ways we could never replicate in a theater.
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Below you can read our Christmas Revels announcement from earlier this Summer and find links to resources on COVID-19 and live performing arts.
May 21 – Update on the 2020 Christmas Revels
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Our flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is a festive, fully staged celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day,” radiating hope and joy in the renewal of life and the circle of the seasons. Seen by over 10,000 people every December, it draws on traditions and rituals from many lands and peoples, focusing each year on a different culture or related cultures.
Select a link below to learn more about that production.
- 2019: “Celestial Fools”
- 2018: An Elizabethan Celebration of the Winter Solstice
- 2017: A French-Canadian Celebration of the Winter Solstice
- 2016: A Nordic Celebration (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden)
- 2015: A Medieval Celebration of the Winter Solstice
- 2014: An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice
- 2013: “Echoes of Thrace” (Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey)
- 2012: “Spirits of Haddon Hall”
- 2011: “Treasures of Andalusia” (Jewish, Arabic & Spanish)
- 2010: Thomas Hardy (featuring The Mellstock Band)
- 2009: Leonardo’s Workshop (Italian Renaissance)
- 2008: French Canadian (Québécois)
- 2007: Elizabethan English
- 2006: Early American
- 2005: Northlands (Nordic)
- 2004: “The King and the Fool” (English Medieval)
- 2003: “Roads of the Roma”
- 2002: Victorian England
- 2001: Leonardo’s Workshop (Italian Renaissance)
- 2000: Celtic
- 1999: Celestial Fools
- 1998: Shepherd Alley – Washington, D.C.
- 1997: Medieval – King and the Fool
- 1996: Northlands
- 1995: French
- 1994: Victorian
- 1993: Celtic
- 1992: Celestial Fools
- 1991: Russian and American
- 1990: Medieval
- 1989: Storybook
- 1988: Medieval
- 1987: Celtic
- 1986: French
- 1985: Appalachian-American (featuring Jean Ritchie)
- 1984: “Haddon Hall”
- 1983: Medieval