Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:02 PM
Dance anthropology:dance and choreography as frameworksto understand culture and vice versa
Dance Tune Tradition:
- Indigenous melodies and airs exchanged with Scotland and England
- Oral tradition (many print collectionsexist)
- Repertoirebrought to North America by emigrants, many tunes mixed into the American folk
- Traditional: fiddles, harps, whistles, flutes, bagpipes
- Recently incorporated:guitar, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, accordion, piano, synthesizers
Bodhran (drum ,not in dance because the dancers provide the percussion)
Uilleann pipes (small bagpipes)
Started in house parties: solo or in unison. This wasn't allowed.
1920's:Ceili bands and Irish dance orchestra developed. Revivedin the 1980s and remain popular and
- Style of playing gives emphasis to both solo musicians and the group
Pub sessions: modern, very participatory
Texture: monophonicto heterophonic,depending on the context
- Competitionstyle of dance mostlymonophonicor homophonic
Majorityof tunes are in binary form (AABB)
Repetition and symmetry:often reflected in the dance steps.
Basic tune types: jigs (single, double, slip, slides), reels, hornpipes
Codification of dance (and music) because of music schools, rules, and competitions
Many regional variants have faded.
Promotionof Irish dance worldwide through diaspora.
Standard solo dances:
- Soft shoe: reels and jigs
○ Slip jigs (women)
- Hard shoe: hornpipes, treble reels, and treble jigs
- Sets: hardshoe solos danced to