Christmas Revels ~ December 2015

The Treasures of Spain

Photos & videography by David Bazemore   ·   Click the images for a larger view

The Treasure Room’s three sages: Averroes, Maimonides and Egeria

Verbum Caro Factum Est (The Word Is Made Flesh)

Celebracion Navideña (Christmas Celebration)

A vint-i-cinc de desembre (On the 25th of December)

A vint-i-cinc de desembre (“Fum, Fum Fum”)

Joha the Fool discovers a scroll in the magical treasure room.

Songs and games for children

Songs and games for children

Songs and games for children

Lament for Seville

“Joha, I have found you! And my reward is great – a glittering trove of ancient treasure!”

“Don Juan, this is no ordinary treasure room! One touch and the treasures come to life!”

Hanerot Hallalu (The Light We Have Kindled), an ancient chant mentioned in the Talmud

Hanerot Hallalu

Hanerot Hallalu

Avre Tu Puerta Cerrada, a folk dance to a Sephardic love song

The Beauty of the Rose, a 13th century nature poem

The Lady of Misrule presides over the Feast of Fools

Danza de Palos con flauta y tamboril (Stick Dance)

Riu, Riu, Chiu

Riu, Riu, Chiu

Joha surprised by opening “a valuable Andalusian treasure”

Los Peces en el Rio (The Fish in the River)

An old Arabic song recounting the beauties of the beloved one

“In this room there is something worth more to you than all else combined.”

“Dance, then, wherever you may be …”

“… and I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.”

Lord of the Dance

Poder a Santa Maria (The Power of St. Mary)

Poder a Santa Maria

Flamenco, from the cultural melting pot of Andalusia


Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace)

Ocho Kandalikas

Una kandelika, dos kandelikas, tres kandelikas, kuatro kandelikas,

sintyu kandelikas, sej kandelikas, siete kandelikas, ocho kandelas para mi.

“The most valuable thing in this room isn’t a thing at all!”

Sketches of a mummers’ play from a distant land.

“The Canterbury Mummers Play by Geoff Chaucer. Act One. Enter the Turkish Knight.”

“Here come I, the King of Egypt.”

“In come I, El Cid, from Castile did I spring. I’ll fight big Bullio bold, my wonders to begin.”

El Cid fights the giant Turpin.

“As winter dies, so shall he die, And rise again, like spring!”

The Swordsmen do their dance.

The Swordsmen encircle El Cid.

“Oh! Yes, there is a doctor near at hand…”

“Only innocence, both young and pure, can turn once again the calendar page.”

“We all shake hands, never fight no more, All be brothers as we ever was before. We wish you merry Christmas and a happy bright New Year.”

It’s Old Father Christmas!

“Demons! Dragons! Devils of Darkness, BEGONE!!”

“El Vito, Vito, Vito”

El Vito

The Shortest Day … people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away

The Sussex Mummers’ Carol

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