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Dancing in Shakespeare a good idea
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0744  Monday, 22 March 2004

From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Sunday, 21 Mar 2004 16:12:06 -0600
Subject:        Dancing in Shakespeare a good idea

 >A student reviewer at MIT had this comment about the Shakespeare
 >Ensemble's production of Much Ado About Nothing:
 >
 >"Another thing that left me confused was the dancing. Dancing is a great
 >way to pick up people at parties, but I hardly think it works in
 >Shakespeare.

Recently, dancing seems to have declined into solo wriggling, the
partner there only to excuse the onanistic excesses of the solo
wriggler. In earlier times, the dance was social, apparently an
expression of order and of love, not only between partners but engaging
the larger society. Weren't dances,  at the ends of comedies
particularly, expressions of a world reordered by love?  Isn't that why
Prospero presents the pageant of singers and dancers to Miranda and
Ferdinand - a preamble and preparation for their life together, a hope
and promise of its personal and political order?

          L. Swilley

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