Posted 30 May 2003 - 09:50 PM
La Vaulta is reportedly a favorite of Elizabeth I of England. It is well done by Glenda Jackson in episode three of "ElizabethR".
Posted 31 May 2003 - 02:36 AM
1 Set (balancÚ) toward your partner's right hip.
3 Big soubresaut
1 Set back to place
2 AssemblÚ, as before
3 Soubresaut as before
1-2 Pass right hands round
& Set to your partner as before, and petit assemblÚ
3-4 Leap and turn to the right, he lifting her by the waist, she supporting herself by two hands on his shoulders, and setting down by bringing up the right knee, breaking her fall, and when she lands, set away from your partner (&).
1-2 Honors to your partner (bow and courtesy)
3-4 Pass right shoulders with the next partner, turn to face her, and she to him and simple honors. (head bow and demi-courtesy)
In the pauses above, simple honors may be done.
It's really not all that hard to show, but kind of tough to describe in words. It's called La Volta, or the Lavolta. They were still dancing it in America by the time of the Jamestown colony (1607).
Posted 31 May 2003 - 05:36 AM
Posted 31 May 2003 - 10:01 AM
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Posted 02 June 2003 - 09:43 AM
Apparently she was a great dance enthusiast and was forever trying out new versions of court dances. I also recall reading a complaint by one of her courtiers that she was making them too hard and only experts could do them.
Posted 02 June 2003 - 12:17 PM
Is it possible to know from what source you have learned this version of La Volta?
I'm an amateur renaissance dance student, and your description resembles only remotely anything I have been able to find in the renaissance choreographic sources that I know of. (Arbeau's Orcherosgraphie has very detailed instructions) This one feels to me as a later descendant based on the balletic steps and partner changes - is it still danced in galliard rhytm? (resembles the modern 6/4 with a peculiar beat - God Save the Queen is a galliard)
Posted 02 June 2003 - 02:28 PM
PS. 1619 was, in Virginia, among other things, the year of the mail-order brides. The colony had initially been set up as a glassworks, and far more men than women had gone there to work the manufactures. About twelve years into the mission, they went half-crazy without much feminine companionship, and sent to England for women to come over and make the colony permanent and self-sustaining. There were some things written down and passed around advising the men on "things the girls will like". One can only imagine the dancing lessons!:rolleyes:
Posted 02 June 2003 - 05:12 PM
That is the tune used in episode 3 of "ElizabethR" and I think the tempo is perfect!
For anyone interested in La Volta and Elizabeth I, rent or buy the DVD box set. There is a special feature which enables one to watch the episodes all the while hearing commentary by Alison Weir.
Posted 06 June 2003 - 06:08 PM
Psavola, if you have anything you can share, I'm sure it would be appreciated.
Posted 06 June 2003 - 06:40 PM
I think they had more bodily contact in those days than perhaps we realize. I have read that that little handle on the woman's dress -- in the v of the bodice, below the waist -- was specifically there for men to grasp whlie they lifted her during the volta. But isn't there material in Orchesographie, for example, that indicates dancing was for sniffing and feeling -- is she lame? is she pockmarked? does he have foul breath -- and other courtship necessities.
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