The Christmas Revels

Looking Back At 1997


conceived and directed bymusic director

Patrick Swanson

George Emlen


Jay O'Callahan

Neena Gulati

& members of Triveni Dance

Tom Pixton and The New England
Romanian Ensemble

El Arte Flamenco

Calusarii Dance

Pinewoods Morris Men &
Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble

The Revels Chorus
The Romany Children
The Lord of the Dance

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Sanders Theatre

Memorial Hall, Harvard University
Cambridge, at the Intersection
of Kirkland and Quincy Streets
on the north side of Harvard yard.
The nearest subway stop is Harvard Square, on the Red Line
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Cambridge's annual celebration of the Winter Solstice returned to
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
for 16 performances celebrating Romany Gypsy culture,

December 12-14, 18-21, 26-28, 1997

The Christmas Revels, a holiday tradition for 27 years, features traditional music, dance, drama and rituals from around the world. Combining professional musicians, actors and tradition bearers with a volunteer chorus of adults and children, the 1997 Christmas Revels explored the mysterious and fascinating culture of the Romany Gypsies, following these nomadic people from their origins in Northern India to their travels through Eastern Europe to England and France and ultimately, to Andalusia in Spain.

The scope of the 1997 Christmas Revels was broad and included spectacular stories, music and dance from a variety of sources. Heading a cast of more than 80 performers was master storyteller Jay O'Callahan as "Old Rom", a mysterious but respected elder who knows the old tales which link Travelers from all times and places. Other performing artists included The New England Romanian Ensemble. Neena Gulati and members of the traditional Indian dance company Triveni Dance, Roberto Rios and El Arte Flamenco, the fifty-member Revels Chorus, The Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble and members of the Pinewoods Morris Men.

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Christmas Revels productions are presented annually in ten cities across the country: Cambridge, Massachusets; Hanover, New Hampshire; New York City; Media, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Houston, Texas; Tacoma, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Oakland, California; and, beginning in 1997, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Christmas Revels is supported, in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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In the meantime, you can look at pictures of:

The 1996 Christmas Revels
The 25th Anniversary 1995 Christmas Revels

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