[SCA-Dance] German evidence

Lisa Marx shusmarx at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 15 14:16:27 EDT 2008

There's very little text with these...so there are limits to what I can know.  But this is what I see: The positions of the back legs are angled like walking, as opposed to the vertical back legs in Arbeau's drawings of the grève or pied en l'air.  And the position of the dancers relative to the other dancers suggests a line of couples moving in a circle similar to the way we typically perform processional dances. There are spots later in the dances that I'm pretty sure are kicks of some sort, but I haven't focused my attention on those yet...hence part of the reason the article is going to show up across several issues, I think.

I'll be publishing some of the woodcuts with the article(s), now that I have a better understanding of copyright issues.

One other interesting thing...in at least one of the drawings (though by far not commonly), the ladies are on the left, not the right.  The Nurnberg manuscript also places the ladies on the left.


----- Original Message ----
From: Alex Clark <alexbclark at pennswoods.net>
To: sca-dance at sca-dance.org
Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 6:45:56 AM
Subject: Re: [SCA-Dance] slip steps and German evidence

At 09:16 PM 3/14/2008 -0700, Lisa Marx wrote:
>I've been looking at woodcuts of dance from Germany in the first half of 
>the 16th century.  So far most of them are peasants, not nobility, with an 
>occasional noble joining in.  That said, the dances look amazingly like 
>the Old Measures, and begin with goosestep-like processions of what I'm 
>guessing are doubles. . . .

Is it possible that what they're doing is greves, ou peids en l'air sans sauts?

Henry of Maldon/Alex Clark 

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