Patricia Ruggiero Nov. 6, 2001, 3:44 a.m. (Message 28053)
RE: Lead up - which hand?
About the hands in the "reverence" Adam wrote: "Possibly you can interpret the Arbeau's picture of a reverence in that way, but they could easily have changed hand hold specifically for the reverence..." Quite so, but I cited the picture of the "reverence" because that's the only one that shows a couple (all the rest are of the man demonstrating the various steps); in it the nearer hands are joined, but I can't tell the orientation of the hands, as per Rosemary's comment. Several other pictures show our man holding a woman's disembodied hand; I think it's obvious that they also are nearer hands, but in these the orientation is ambiguous. In the "pied joints" I could almost make a case that both palms face downward. In the "pied largis oblique" (both right and left), I'm more confident that his palm faces upward and hers downward. Charming little drawings. I didn't mean to suggest that because Arbeau's book shows hands joined in a certain way for a certain figure over 350 years ago, SCD today should follow suit. My post was mainly a rejoinder to Rosemary's comments about historical dance, meant mostly to express my surprise at discovering that possibly *in those days* both palms faced downward -- a point about which I don't recall ever hearing or reading. Maybe we could revive the "Scottish Branle".......(just kidding!) Pat