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Ken PierceJan 12, 2017

Images of Nature in Dance

by Ken Pierce, guest faculty

How can dancing be Nature's voice? Is it not merely a human, social invention, grounded in cultural norms and prejudices, an arbitrary system of steps and rules to be learned and practiced: the very antithesis of Nature? Well, yes....

But if you believe (as Renaissance authors did) that all of Nature was created from chaos and is now an ordered and harmonious whole, then the regulated steps and symmetrical patterns of dance embody Nature's overall design. Irises waving in the breeze, goats frolicking in the meadow, the sun rising and setting, the stars and planets in their celestial motions: all Nature seems to dance, and dance thus mirrors all of Nature. So, let us dance!

We will focus on steps and dances described in Italian treatises from around the end of the sixteenth century, learning typical step sequences in different meters and rhythms from various dance types: balletto, cascarda, saltarello, gagliarda, canario. Dancers will have the opportunity to perform in student concerts at the end of the week.


Recent posts:

EMW 2019:
Dances of Love and War, by Ken Pierce

EMW 2018:
Transformative Dance, by Ken Pierce

Transformation, by Larry Wallach

Music: A Transformative Art, by Pamela Dellal

EMW 2017:
Music and nature, by Larry Wallach

Images of Nature in Dance, by Ken Pierce

EMW 2016:
Dancing to music, by Ken Pierce

Playing for historical dance, by Jane Hershey

EMW 2015:
Language, by Pamela Dellal

Genre, by Larry Wallach

Legacy, by Larry Wallach

EMW 2014:
The Spanish Golden Age in the Netherlands,
by Anne Legêne

Sephardic Music, by Jay Rosenberg

Ensalada by Salomé Sandoval