[SCA-Dance] La Vita e Bella (pun intended)

Alexander Clark alexbclark at pennswoods.net
Wed Aug 15 22:35:25 EDT 2012

P. P. S. To make the dance even worse, begin with the trabuchetti,
then the leader goes forwards 2 seguiti spezzati while the others do
meza riverenza and 2 passi presti back, then the leader turns R to
face the others and they all do scambiata L and scambiata R. Then
replace the second half of the jousting with those scambiate again,
and have the next figure (with the riprese a pie pari) go just one way
forward until the dancers turn and come together at the end.

Since this version is so short, you might want to repeat it all from
the beginning.

On 8/15/12, Alexander Clark <alexbclark at pennswoods.net> wrote:
> P. S. The circling (in ruota) figure, solos, and finale are optional.
> You may also add hand touches during the riverenze before the catena.
> On 8/15/12, Alexander Clark <alexbclark at pennswoods.net> wrote:
>> On 8/15/12, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:
>>> On Wed, 15 Aug 2012, Alexander Clark <alexbclark at pennswoods.net> wrote:
>>>> BTW, if anyone gets to do this with Thyra before she is crowned and
>>>> becomes a Dancing Queen, be sure to greet her with a hearty
>>>> "Buongiorno, Principessa!"
>>>> On 8/15/12, I wrote:
>>>>> I just had a horrible idea, and I had to do something about it. The
>>>>> results are below.
>>>>> La Vita e Bella
>>>>> perpetrated by Henry of Maldon (Alex Clark)
>>>>> To the tune of Bella Gioiosa, with the Ritornello played (three
>>>>> repeats) after every playing of the main theme, as if it were a
>>>>> chorus.
>>> I'm sorry, but I'm not familiar enough with cascarde and don't know
>>> Thyra -- why is this "a horrible idea", and what's the
>>> significance/pun of "Life is Good" (if I'm interpreting the Italian
>>> correctly)?  At a glance, it looked pretty close to Bella Gioiosa.
>> With a grave accent, the title would mean "Life is Beautiful" (like
>> the movie). Without, it means "La Vita [di Cholino] and Bella
>> [Gioiosa]".
>> And "Buongiorno, Principessa!" is a quote from _La Vita è Bella_.
>> --
>> Henry/Alex

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