Recently, there was some interesting dicussion about the paths of
celestial bodies imitating terrestrial dancers performing complex
reels and other figures.
Since I cannot resist a challenge, I was soon lying awake at nights
thinking up dances with interesting heavenly movements, but,
realizing that most of us are not mathematical wizards with instant
understanding of the complexities of reels of 7, for example, I
restricted myself to the simple orbits that our local planets have
been covering for some time now. I finally found what I consider
danceable dances in the Scottish tradition, with astronomical
My “Planet Suite” to be danced to the themes of Gustav Holst,
adapted, of course, as jig, reel and strathspey. I’ll leave the music
to the more talented members of our list; while “Mercury” has some
jig-like 6/8 rythm, it will take a lot of imagination to make “Venus”
Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi all gave us plenty of wonderful music with
varied dance rythms, but they did not live within the bounds of the
British Empire, alas! and must be disqualified.
Descriptions in the follwing messges.
(Why do I spend time devising dances?
Why do other people rack their brains over crosswords puzzles,
sudoku, or flower arranging?)
Martin, bleary-eyed with more sleepless nights in Grenoble.