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Theater & art

Morris dancing gets its own show with ‘Rootbound’

Somerville stop continues international collaboration

Morris dancing, which goes back some 700 years in England, is no stranger to Boston. The Pinewoods Morris Men, the oldest morris team in North America, have been a fixture in Revels performances for decades. And for 40 years now, morris dancers have celebrated May Day in Cambridge, waving their white handkerchiefs and jingling the bells strapped to their legs.

But a theatrical show built around morris dancing is a different matter. And that’s what the North American group Maple Morris and its United Kingdom counterpart Morris Offspring are planning with “Rootbound,” which they’ll present at the Arts at the Armory Performance Hall in Somerville July 15, then four days later in Toronto. The show, which is described as “the story of a dancer’s journey in the North American morris dance community,” will have songs from Ian Robb, lyrics from Susan Cooper, and original choreography from Maple Morris and Morris Offspring.

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