Harrison, Rosemary M Nov. 6, 2001, 9:14 p.m. (Message 28060)
RE: Lead up - which hand?
Interesting. No, I don't actually have any book on this subject: it is just the way I was taught to do early court dancing a long time ago (with the woman's hand palm down on top of the back of the man's hand: and yes this included the "reverence" now that you remind me). It is a hold which does not permit much speed or abrupt change of direction without losing contact - but then if you are wearing a massively heavy dress with a train I suppose you are pretty slowed-down anyway! (I suspect it is extremely difficult to reconstruct a relationship with present practice - not that that will deter those of us who naturally ponder the historical roots of all that we do and think.) Rosemary Rosemary M Harrison -----Original Message----- From: Patricia Ruggiero [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: 05 November 2001 03:14 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: Lead up - which hand? Rosemary Harrison wrote: "(Before that, I believe there was a very early version where both the man and the woman had their palms facing down.) Do you have a copy of Arbeau's _Orchesography_? The drawings are rather naive. In two different places there are pictures of a couple executing the "reverence" and it is obvious that the man and woman have nearer hands joined. What's maddening is that in these quite simple drawings it is impossible, to me at least, to tell the orientation of their hands. I had always assumed that the man's palm faced upward, the woman's downward. Following each of these there is a picture illustrating "pieds joints" (same picture in both cases) -- and now that you mention it, I could almost make the case that both those little hands have their palms facing downward, the woman's hand seeming to be resting on top of the man's. The accompanying text, explaining the dance figure, doesn't address the subject of the hands. Pat