58180Re: [Authentic_SCA] ladies' reverance
- Feb 11, 2010On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:26:55AM +0000, Marianne Perdomo wrote:
> I was hoping someone here would have encountered something in books ofMissed? Inconceivable!
> manners or such about the matter, than the dance people might have missed...
The main etiquette book you could check is Arena, written in 1520. Here's
his entry in the Rendance Bibliography. I believe the earlier bassadanza
sources describe the ladies' reverenza as the same as the men. For that
you should double-check Crane.
_Arena, Antonius de_.
Ad Suos Compagniones Studiantes. Avignon: ca.1520.
Matt Larsen: This is a treatise on the basse dance and dance
etiquette, written in Latin. It was apparently intended for
law students at the University of Avignon, who were familiar
with some dances but not basse dances. Included are 19 basse
dances, but no music. A large part of the text is devoted to
telling "middle class" law students what was and was not
proper on the dance floor. The instructions which are given
for steps are minimal and, as usual, far from clear. They are
also difficult to resolve with instructions from other
manuals and therefore pose an interesting problem to dance
historians. It has been noted that the choreographies which
Arbeau gives for bassedances are included in Arena, which
has lead to speculation that Arbeau may have used Arena as a
source for a dance which he himself was not completely
familiar with. He would certainly have had access to Arena,
since it was reprinted in many editions over a span of more
than two centuries, with the last reprint being about 1758.
Nathan Kronenfeld: According to Pierre Chartrand, this is
currently available and in print as "A ses compagnons
etudiant"... Antonius Arena, ed. L'Atelier de danse
populaire, 4 rue Laterale, 94000 Creteil, France (ISBN:
"Rules of Dancing." Dance Research 4, no. 2 (1986): 3-53.
Translated by John Guthrie and Marino Zorzi.
Translation of Ad Suos Compagniones Studientes by Antonius de
Also see entry of original for comments.
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