832RE: [CalontirDance] Starting tempo for Korobushka?
- Feb 27, 2007Look, now you've pressed one of My buttons.
If we dismiss everything which isn't well documented, then we'll have to
toss out much of the Inns of court, the early Burgundian, and even Arbeau.
There are so many ambiguities in the primary sources that many of our dances
are at best wild guesses. As far as I know, none of our sources were
intended to provide authoritative instruction to students without the aid of
teachers and a living tradition. Even Playford has more then a few sticky
points, and it blows away most of the other sources.
On a more philosophical note, and just as a personal preference. I like to
see people with Scandinavian persona's attempting to do the best
reconstruction we can do of Scandi dancing, etc. We know that there was
dancing during the time of the Icelandic family sagas. And we're pretty
sure that it didn't bear much resemblance to Negri and Caroso. So if you're
trying to avoid in-authenticity...
Also I refuse to just give up. If we know that 12th century Bohemians
danced at harvest festivals, then there must space in the SCA for the best
available re-creations of 12th century Bohemian dance. Even if the best
documentation would make a hippopotamus gag.
Another more subtle problem we all face is that we are trying to re-create
mostly social dance forms, not performance traditions. If, for instance, we
are re-creating an authentic Elizabethan feast with dancing, then the period
thing is for the dancing to be done by the populace, not by a small group
that is specially trained and rehearsed. Hasapikos might very well be done
at a medieval Greek wedding. But it would be done by the wedding guests,
not by performers.
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