Step of the Week 6abody positions
Posted 04 December 2003 - 07:00 PM
Posted 04 December 2003 - 08:19 PM
What is the translation of "Quatrième"? Fourth? I'd always assumed it referred to the front & back "corner" but that obviously doesn't make any sense... the corners aren't in front and back, normally, are they? at least not in a room, if one is facing
the mirror in the Quatrième positions... unless one is considering the en crois positions to define corners of a square?
Mel, have you spent much time studying fencing? I swear I'd read that many ballet positions have their roots in fencing positions, but I've not seen that ever laid out neatly.
Posted 04 December 2003 - 08:39 PM
Now as to the fencing, back in the days of the ballet de cour, which just might have a stylised battle or two in it, the dancing steps supplemented and improved upon the Spanish/Italian style of fencing with smallsword, as the heavier weapons had gone out of fashion. Kendo wouldn't even prepare a dancer for medieval two-handed sword combat!
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