Collette de Venoix

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Collette de Venoix currently resides in the barony of Wyewood when she is not home in 13c. Venoix, France, near Caens. She is also the teenage daughter of Master Leith Amhranai dal gCais and Mistress Alisaundre ni Feidhlimidh dal gCais as well as the sister of Lady Annik de Venoix. Collette dabbles in many things including archery, singing, drumming, poetry, equestrian, youth armored combat, and is a regular member of Bards of An Tir and An Tir Players - playing the roles of Juliet, Starveling, Rosalind, Malvolio, and others. Her many activities currently consist of music and poetry. Recently she has taught and organized classes on basic singing, drumming, research, and documentation in the Barony of Madrone.

An Tir Players

Collette is an active member of the An Tir Players. Her most recent roles include Caliban in the Tempest (12th Night 2016), Diana the Undecided in the The Commoner King (September Crown 2015), three small parts in Macbeth (Kingdom A&S 2015), and Bianca in the Taming of the Shrew (September Crown 2014). She has also played Juliet in a scene from Romeo and Juliet, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Starveling in a Midsummer Night's Dream.

Persona

Collette is a trouvere and jongleur from 13c. Venoix, a small village in France just south of Caens and a short ways east of Brittany. She often wanders both continental Europe and the British Isles, picking up and performing pieces for anyone who asks it of her. Trouveres and jongleurs were a pair of closely interrelated professions, both of which were on occasion taken up by women as well as men. The main difference between the two was that trouveres were generally noble and the composers of pieces but paid jongleurs to perform them. While it was uncommon for a jongleur to compose and thus also fulfill the job description of a trouvere, it was not unheard of. She also often learns poems either in Middle English or Middle French, using her fluency of modern French to translate the latter, to perform. Her entry in Kingdom Bardic in March 2015 was one of these, a vado mori called I wende to dede and you can read the documentation here: http://www.academia.edu/15024067/I_Wende_To_Dede_a_15th-Century_Vado_Mori

Classes

Led a singalong at the Madrone social August 10th and 17th 2015 Organized a singing class by Master Leith Amhranai dal gCais at the Madrone social on July 20th, 2015 Taught a basic doumbek class at the Madrone social on July 13th, 2015 Taught "A Tween's Guide to Bardic Circles" with Annik de Venoix at a Bardic Ithra on November 17th, 2013

Competitions

Placed second during the fifth annual Chorum Leo at September Crown 2015 Presented a single entry at Kingdom Bardic Championship in March 2015 Won at Bards and Blades in the Barony of Madrone December 2014 Presented a single entry at Tir Righ Bardic Championship in September 2014

Awards

Award of Arms October 29th, 2016

Green Leaf September 19th, 2015

Leo Minor January 11th, 2014

Bardic Champion Barony Madrone December 13th, 2014- March