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