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Pride and Prejudice & Dance Geekery

I went and saw the Keira Knightly version. And I must say, it was quite an enjoyable experience. My friend who hasn't read the book, liked it, but not as much. Keira Knightly did an excellent job, as well as Matthew MacFayden who did Mr Darcy, he has very soulful eyes. I still got on the emotional roller coaster even though I knew what would happen. It tears me though, wishing for times when people stood up when a guest arrives, proprietry and good manners.. and yet those women couldn't own land and needed consent for marriage.

Keira Knightly is hot.

Dance geekery: there was a lot of dancing, especially in the beginning part of the movie. The first ones looks Scottish Country, I recognized some heys, done with spez-like steps. And then for the slower parts.. Maybe Regency or Baroque influenced? Having little knowledge of those forms, I don't know. But maybe grinellian2001 can tell me? And then there were times when I saw siding, but it was done with: double forward to meet at shoulders, then turn around to place. Maybe later period ECD. There's probably a lot of non-period stuff in there to meet Hollywood ideals. However, they did an excellent job with the whole dynamic of ball dancing, the pieces of conversation and social interactions. Enough to make a dance mistress quiver with joy.

PS: Still in South Dakota. And my personal email is down.

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antoniseb
Nov. 30th, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
When is your rescheduled flight? Are you managing to spend good time with your friendamily since you've been snowed in?
ripresa
Nov. 30th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
It's 11 am today. We drove to Sioux Falls yesterday, there's more flights out of here... Spending time with folks you care is good. However, 3 extra nights is more then enough ;-)
grinnellian2001
Nov. 30th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
Ah, that explains why I haven't heard from you. E-mail me when your back up and running, please. I'm in need of some girltalk...

Onto the dancing. I haven't seen P&P yet (shocking, I know, but it's only just come to Richmond) but from the trailer and clips and such I *have* seen it looks like there is a mixture of dancing, both good and bad. Usually the "Regency" dance in JA movies is really awful--much too much of the elegant swooping and not enough of the energetic dancing (reread the ball scene in Mansfield Park, you'll see what I mean about energetic dancing). Real regency country dance is, I gather, one of two things--either energetic and stepped very much like Scottish Country (this is the bit of the dancing in the movie that I think they've done very well) or in waltz-time and sort of waltz-y (but not swoopy). Generally movie choreographers pick overly complex choreographies, they never do the proper viral progression, and they often dismiss the progression entirely. All for the good of making the action more interesting.

As far as the siding goes, that sounds like a type of siding I've seen before (not Cecil Sharp siding, not standard ECD or SCA siding, not sure where it came from exactly). I don't much like it, but the textual evidence for how to side is so slim that it's about as good as anything.
peteyfrogboy
Nov. 30th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
"As far as the siding goes, that sounds like a type of siding I've seen before (not Cecil Sharp siding, not standard ECD or SCA siding, not sure where it came from exactly). I don't much like it, but the textual evidence for how to side is so slim that it's about as good as anything."

I can only imagine what your opinion of my doing "the bump" while siding might be... :)
grinnellian2001
Nov. 30th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
I can only imagine what your opinion of my doing "the bump" while siding might be... :)

Waaaa-yell...

You don't really want an answer, I think. ;)
ripresa
Nov. 30th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
"viral progression"? What is that?

Do you have IM??
grinnellian2001
Dec. 2nd, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
Viral Progression = The first active couple (as in the very head couple at the top of the whole set, not all of the "heads" that alternate every couple or two) begin the dance with the first set of inactives. Those four (or six) dance together and the actives move down and dance with the next group of inactives. They continue down the set "activating" couples until they get to the bottom, when they become inactive and work their way back up. When they get back to the top they stop dancing, having completed a full progression up and down the set. The key difference is that in a modern ECD set everyone will begin dancing simultaneously (except possibly a couple waiting out at the bottom, depending on the number dancing) whereas in a more historically accurate set using viral progression first there will be one group dancing, then two, then three, then eventually everyone dances for a while, then one couple drops out, then two, then three, and eventually there is just one group left dancing. Modern ECD sets can also have any length of music. A virally progressing set really requires live musicians because the music needs to adapt to the number of dancers in the set at any one time.

IM = alas, no. My home computer isn't fast enough and my work computer doesn't seem like the right place to have IM!
ripresa
Dec. 2nd, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Hey. That should look quite cool.
zuleikhajami
Nov. 30th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
Eeee, I can't believe you're STILL in South Dakota. Best of wishes getting home soon!
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