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  • Fiona

    Fiona Nov. 5, 2001, 2:19 p.m. (Message 28044)

    Re: Lead up - which hand?

    Since we are just past Samhain, (or Hallowe'en as the Christianised version
    became known),  those interested in the mysterious origins of the spirit of
    traditional dance might remember that it would be tempting evil fate to
    offer the sinister hand before the right hand had been given; and contrary
    to the natural way of the world to move widdershins round in the celtic
    circle before travelling sunwise and thereby asserting the precedence of the
    forces of Right.
    
    Dance as an artistic form of the expression of religious belief appears to
    be a common characteristic of many human societies, and I hope that even
    today what we are trying to do is to use technique to bring the spirit of
    the dance alive in a set rather than calcify it.
    
    
    Fiona
          

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