pennsicdance: Musicians and Venues and GOOP, Oh My!
sbbush at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 2 16:37:34 PDT 2005
Henry of Maldon wrote:
>Sounds good to me. That means that nobody is allowed to teach a
>"clap, clap, don't clap" version of Gathering Peascods in a very
>large circle, right? And no mixer branles except the branle du
>Chandelier ou de la Torche.
I did say *Grossly* OOP. While some of us may find a few of the
dance variations (bastardizations) gross, I do not consider most of
them GOOP. Besides, we know that some of this happened in period,
since the dance manuals tell us not to do them. :-)
>But seriously, before we make or perpetuate any kind of rules
>against GOOP dances, maybe we ought to stop and think whether we
>have a good dividing line between GOOP and SOOP or SPRAY (Strictly
>Period, Reconstructed Accurately, Yay!). Can we really tell which is which?
I think that there are several dances that we can agree are GOOP. As
for the rest, obviously it is whatever *I* feel should be left out.
;-) ;-) In reality though, it will ultimately be up to Adele (though
I doubt she will make this decision in a vacuum.)
>Also, I doubt that making precise rules is necessarily an effective
>way to promote more period activity. On the contrary, any
>unfortunate combination of precision and strictness of the rules
>could result in more people digging in their heels all around,
>leading to a multiplicity of relatively narrow factions. If that
>goes very far, we'll end up with people on both extremes calling the
>moderates "SOOP Nazis".
Unfortunately, there is no perfect solution (except in my own little
world.) I did say that this is a compromise, which means that no one
will be completely happy. If we cannot meet somewhere in the middle,
the dancers will become more fractionalized. Personally, I think
that is a Bad Thing (TM).
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