968Re: [CalontirDance] Re: "Baddies"
- Apr 22, 2008A voice from Calontir past rears her ugly (cute?) head.
(For those of you who don't know me, I got my start dancing in Calontir
about 10 years ago, and have since moved on to Atlantia and am closely
connected with the Cynnabar group in the Midrealm, who put on Terpsichore at
the Tower, the event mentioned earlier. I've also edited the Letter of
Dance for the past 6 years, although I'm about to pass the torch on to a new
editor. I'm mostly inactive in the SCA now, but am closely involved with
the historical dance field in general and can still be found teaching at
Terps and at Pennsic on a more-or-less yearly basis.)
Quoth Merry: "Okay, so these are on the list. Why? I ask because, for my
Hole in the Wall, I didn't realize that it was mainly the dance that was
out of period and that the music (Playford, The Dancing Master 1651-1728
yr 1695/1697) was less the issue, though still an issue none the less.
I thought it was the music that was the big issue but only learned now
years later at supper after Bellewode that it was the choreography that
was the main offender. I'd like to be able to discuss legitimate
reasons when someone asks me why we do or don't do a particular dance
any more. "
Actually, it's really both. Feel free to contact me off list and I'd be
happy to go into more detail.
In general, though, the dances which generally cause the most controvercy
are those that are either a) historical, but not to the SCA period (defined
here as pre-1600) or b) modern with little to no resemblence to period
dances. Rarely have I heard it argued that we should do dances like Road to
the Isles, Postie's Jig, Hole in the Wall, Troika, Korobushka, etc. because
they are a reasonable attempt at pre-17th century dance. Anyone who uses
that type of argument could be quickly dispelled by cold hard facts (the do
not, in fact, bear much resemblance at all to known types of pre-17th
Rather, the arguments are more emotional, based on what is fun and what is
tradition and, at the heart of it all, what the SCA is all about.
Ultimately the two sides of this debate are arguing right straight past each
other ("but it's fun, and we're here to have fun" or "we're an organization
with our own history, and this is traditional for us" vs. "but it's not
period, and we're here to reconstruct a specific period in the past")
Catherine E. Dean
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