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SLIDE SHOW: Christmas Revels

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The Pinewoods Morris Men, who have performed in every Christmas Revels in Cambridge since 1971, perform "The Lass of Richmond Hill", a morris dance in Fieldtown tradition at the 2008 Thomas Hardy-inspired Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre

The Pinewoods Morris Men, who have performed in every Christmas Revels in Cambridge since 1971, perform "The Lass of Richmond Hill", a morris dance in Fieldtown tradition at the 2008 Thomas Hardy-inspired Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre

Photo/art by Roger Ide

Another image from the 2008 Thomas Hardy-inspired Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.  Song leader David Coffin leads the audience and chorus in the Sussex Mummers' Carol, a traditional carol sung each year at the end of every Christmas Revels production around the country

Another image from the 2008 Thomas Hardy-inspired Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. Song leader David Coffin leads the audience and chorus in the Sussex Mummers' Carol, a traditional carol sung each year at the end of every Christmas Revels production around the country

Photo/art by Roger Ide

Sam Johnson performs on the Larakhagh (slack rope) in the manner of the yalanchi clowns of Armenia at the end of his "act".  Sanders Theatre in Cambridge

Sam Johnson performs on the Larakhagh (slack rope) in the manner of the yalanchi clowns of Armenia at the end of his "act". Sanders Theatre in Cambridge

Photo/art by Roger Ide

One highlight of the 2002 Christmas Revels, which featured an Armenian and Georgian theme, was the "Sebastia par," an Armenian folkdance that originated in the ancient Anatolian province of the same name.

One highlight of the 2002 Christmas Revels, which featured an Armenian and Georgian theme, was the "Sebastia par," an Armenian folkdance that originated in the ancient Anatolian province of the same name.

Photo/art by Roger Ide

Scene from the comic mummers play, "Siegfried and the Dragon" with Donald A. Duncan as Brunhilda (left), Martin Tullock as the Dragon, and Linnea Coffin as the Dragon's tail as performed in the 2006 German Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge

Scene from the comic mummers play, "Siegfried and the Dragon" with Donald A. Duncan as Brunhilda (left), Martin Tullock as the Dragon, and Linnea Coffin as the Dragon's tail as performed in the 2006 German Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge

Photo/art by Roger Ide

A Scottish celebration of the Winter Solstice in 2009 in Hanover, New Hampshire at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College.  Lindsey Warren (in red) is singing about her highland laddie who stole her heart.  From left to right is Sharon Groblicki, Lindsey Warren, Amy Trage, Ashley Milliken, Anne Johnson and Sheila Moran

A Scottish celebration of the Winter Solstice in 2009 in Hanover, New Hampshire at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College. Lindsey Warren (in red) is singing about her highland laddie who stole her heart. From left to right is Sharon Groblicki, Lindsey Warren, Amy Trage, Ashley Milliken, Anne Johnson and Sheila Moran

Photo/art by Ray Perez

The Revels Children's Chorus is seen here performing "The Friendly Beasts", a children's carol echoing the melody of the medieval song "Orientis Partibus" in the 2005 English-themed Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge

The Revels Children's Chorus is seen here performing "The Friendly Beasts", a children's carol echoing the melody of the medieval song "Orientis Partibus" in the 2005 English-themed Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge

Photo/art by Roger Ide

Northlands, a celebration of the Winter Solstice in 2007 in Hanover, New Hampshire, at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College. Pictured here is Water Mother at the birth of the universe.  The story is taken from the Finnish folktale, The Kalevala.  Narrator Elizabeth Durkee, at right

Northlands, a celebration of the Winter Solstice in 2007 in Hanover, New Hampshire, at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College. Pictured here is Water Mother at the birth of the universe. The story is taken from the Finnish folktale, The Kalevala. Narrator Elizabeth Durkee, at right

Photo/art by Thomas Ames Jr

Company members Eden MacAdam-Somer (left) and Suzannah Park perform an Appalachian clog dance in the 2009 production at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge

Company members Eden MacAdam-Somer (left) and Suzannah Park perform an Appalachian clog dance in the 2009 production at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge

Photo/art by Roger Ide

The Ararat Chorus sings an ancient sharagan, or hymn (used as a processional during the Christmas season in the Armenian Church) in the 2002 Armenian-themed production at the Sanders Theatre

The Ararat Chorus sings an ancient sharagan, or hymn (used as a processional during the Christmas season in the Armenian Church) in the 2002 Armenian-themed production at the Sanders Theatre

Photo/art by Roger Ide

The Smoky Mountain Dancers perform a traditional English longsword dance that was adapted to the Appalachian tune "Sandy Boys" by Cambridge Revels choreographer Judy Erickson in the 2009 Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre

The Smoky Mountain Dancers perform a traditional English longsword dance that was adapted to the Appalachian tune "Sandy Boys" by Cambridge Revels choreographer Judy Erickson in the 2009 Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre

Photo/art by Roger Ide

David Coffin leads the audience and ensemble in the "Sussex Mummers' Carol" at the close of the 2007 Christmas Revels, which featured a Balkan theme

David Coffin leads the audience and ensemble in the "Sussex Mummers' Carol" at the close of the 2007 Christmas Revels, which featured a Balkan theme

Photo/art by Roger Ide

The Christmas Revels, a celebration of the beauty of folksong and dance on stage, has made its mark as a holiday tradition that is eagerly awaited each year. These captivating images, which span several years, are the next best thing to making the pilgrimage to see this live performance in person.

There will be 16 performances of the 42nd annual Christmas Revels from December 14 through 27. Details at: 617-972-8300; revels.org

Read the article: The Sounding of Joy

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