Morris dancing gets its own show with ‘Rootbound’

Morris Offspring (above) of the United Kingdom will join North American group Maple Morris at Somerville’s Arts at the Armory Performance Hall on July 15.
Morris Offspring (above) of the United Kingdom will join North American group Maple Morris at Somerville’s Arts at the Armory Performance Hall on July 15.Credit: Alan Cole/file

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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.

But a theatrical show built around morris dancing is a different matter.

And that’s what the North American group Maple Morris and its UK counterpart Morris Offspring are planning with “Rootbound,” which they’ll present at the Arts at the Armory Performance Hall in Somerville July 15, and four days later in Toronto.

The show, 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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