Revels North is a non-profit arts organization providing year-round, multi-generational programming which celebrates the power of traditional song, dance, storytelling and ritual.
Carol Langstaff brought the Revels from Cambridge to Hanover, New Hampshire, and in 1974 Revels North was founded. With its own rich traditions and events, Revels North is a cultural institution in the Upper Valley, providing year-round programming and events for all ages.
Revels North Mission Statement
Bringing Tradition to Life
Revels North educates the community through theatrical, dance, and musical experiences that bring the world’s cultural traditions and celebrations to life.
We practice the art of participation:
We offer an open hand to welcome and guide new and old friends on a journey of discovery and fun. We believe all people — young and old — can sing, dance, and be part of the Revels experience, together. Our artistic process breaks down barriers between professionals, amateurs, and audiences. Our operational style encourages volunteerism and inclusivity.
We foster cultural exploration:
We bring respect and curiosity to our search for diverse cultural expressions from around the world. We embrace and perpetuate authentic rituals and traditions. We bring together different cultures and genres in fresh and unexpected ways.
We create connection:
By weaving personal connections between people, we build a shared sense of community. By connecting the common strands of diverse cultures, we build understanding. By celebrating the differences that make people and cultures unique and interesting, we help create a society that values harmony.
We are stewards of tradition:
The music, dances, and stories passed down through the generations embody a collected wisdom that can illuminate the past and inform the future. These traditions ground us in what it means to be human. Through the transformative power of performance and storytelling, we bring tradition alive for today’s audiences.
We provide the opportunity for celebration:
The annual progression of the calendar provides a springboard to spread joy in every season. We turn music, dance and folktales from around the world into magical experiences brimming with spirit, optimism, irreverence, fellowship, and revelry.
In our forty-plus year history, we have been fortunate to be inspired to do things we didn’t always think possible by our artistic directors, Carol Langstaff, David Gay and Maureen Burford. They have created and brought together so much marvelous material for us all to embrace and present to our audiences. We also are grateful beyond measure for the enormous gifts of time and talents given by many diligent board members, past and present, whose work, ideas, money, and determination have kept us going.
Revels Teens & Kids
Children and teenagers are a significant part of most Revels events, and often our best spokespeople. The Christmas show includes both a children and teen chorus, and other children’s choruses are offered through the year. We also offer opportunities for dance through Catamount and Maple Leaf Morris teams, who appear annually in the Christmas show and Summer Revels, as well as at many of our outreach events. One of the great joys of Revels is our inter-generational community.
“Revels was the perfect introduction to stage performance for my daughter. She is already asking me to sign her up for the next program!“–A.T., parent of 7 yr. old
“The great success of the Revels is that while it refers to ancient traditions, the program itself has become a living tradition.”– The New York Times
Revels North is committed to providing equitable access to all of our programs and events. See our accessibility policy here.