Blogging Bi Day, Dance by Night

All things Bi, Dance and random musings for our edification


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What was: “Love gone insane…A form of nervous degeneracy…Positively indecent…Lascivious orgy…The New Paganism…”?

A century ago church leaders (Protestants , Jewish, Roman Catholic)  condemned the dancing of the tango in New York state (and presumably elsewhere) as a threat to civilization as we know it.

Below some excepts from the Spanish Bible that I love. Enjoy!

“Oh, base,  lowborn, wretched, rude, ignorant, foul-mouthed, ill-spoken, slanderous, insolent varlet! You have dared to speak such words in my presence and in the presence of these distinguished ladies, dared to fill your befuddled imagination with such vileness and effrontery?  Leave my presence, unholy monster, repository of lies, stronghold of falsehoods, storehouse of deceits, inventor of iniquities, promulgator of insolence, enemy of the decorum owed to these royal persons. Go, do not appear before me under pain of my wrath.”

Miguel De Cervantes:  Don Quixote, First Part, Chapter XLVI

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“Don Quixote laughed when he heard these words and said very calmly;

‘Come, lowborn and filthy creatures, you call it highway robbery to free those in chains, to give liberty to the imprisoned, to assist the wretched, raise up the fallen, succour the needy? Ah, vile rabble, your low and base intelligence does not deserve to have heaven communicate to you the great worth of knight errantry, or allow you to understand the sin and ignorance into which you have fallen when you do not reverence the shadow, let alone the actual presence, of any knight errant. Come,  you brotherhood of thieves, you highway robbers sanctioned by the Holy Brotherhood, come and tell me who was the fool who signed an arrest warrant against such a night as I? Who was the dolt who did not know that knights errant are exempt from all jurisdictional authority, or was unaware that their law is their sword, their edicts their courage, their statutes their will? Who was the imbecile, I say, who did not know that there is no patent of nobility with as many privileges and immunities as those acquired by knight errant on the day he is dubbed a knight and dedicates himself to the rigorous practice of chivalry? What knight errant event paid a tax, a duty, a queen’s levy, a tribute,  a tariff, or a toll? What tailor ever received payment from him for the clothes he sewed? What castellan welcomed him to this castle and then asked him to pay the cost? What king has not sat him at his table? What damsel has not loved him and given herself over to his will and desire? And , finally, what knight errant ever was, is, or will be in the world who does not have the courage to single handedly deliver 400 blows to 400 brotherhoods if they presume to oppose him?”

First Part, Chapter  XLV


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11 Dance Quotes for your edification:

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above: I love this quote.

below:  I need to have this quote translated exactly. I have a gist of what is trying to be said.

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“When you fall, try it again… everyone falls the first time!”

– Dave Dodson

“The next time you look into the mirror,
just look at the way the ears rest next to the head;
look at the way the hairline grows;
think of all the little bones in your wrist.
It is a miracle.
And the dance is a celebration of that miracle.”

– Martha Graham

“So many dancers rely on some sort of magic
happening on the stage.
They never, for various reasons, work full out in rehearsal.
That’s very uncreative.
They don’t discover the kinds of things that add up to
a remarkable performance.”

– Benjamin Harkarvy

“Every teacher will tell you that you cannot dance
classical technique with perfection,
there is no such thing, there is no way.
So you have to adapt the technique
to your abilities or to your deficiencies.
Learn to cheat!”

– Jiří Kylián

“Master technique
and then forget about it and be natural.”

– Anna Pavlova

“Even the greatest dancers in the world must submit
throughout their careers to the continual corrections
of daily class.”

– Author Unknown

“Just as the ancients danced to call upon the spirits in nature,
we too can dance to find the spirits within ourselves
that have been long buried and forgotten.”

– Anna Halprin

“The ultimate aim of all dance
must be to move the whole being together in harmony.
Therefore, having made the body sensitive,
let it be swept by rhythm: the rhythm of music,
by moving to a good swinging simple tune;
the rhythm of nature,
by floating in the sea,
and surrendering to the will of the waves;
or by lying on the branches of a tree in the wind
to feel its effortless swaying.
In this way the outer and the inner being will be harmonized.”

– Ruby Ginner

“Without Dance I can’t
Feel my Soul,
Hear my Heart, or
See my Dreams.”

– Nahara


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Self Portrait

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The above was  in the corridor of  the Hotel Dieu when I went to visit someone.  From:  Lao Tse in the Tao Te Ching.  I completely agree with the sentiments expressed.

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Below = a dance quote I came across.   An antidote to the old Hegelian  tripartite :

“Thesis, Anti-thesis, Paralysis”.

The only way to do it is to do it.”  -Merce Cunningham

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Below = Self portrait I took in the dead of winter one night  when I was about to go out in a snowstorm.  It is one of my favourite photos ever of myself.   Have been pretty anonymous with the blog and felt it was time for some disclosure, so enjoy the picture.

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What is the best way to go from Paris to Moscow? The Process of Life.

Above:  This  film was quite touching, so enjoy!

 

“Enjoy the process of learning to dance.

The process of our profession,
and not its final achievement,
is the heart and soul of dance.”

– Jacques d’Amboise

 

Dante Alighieri; The  Divine Comedy.  (Singleton translation)

Inferno, Canto I vss 79-87

“Are you, then, that Virgil, that fount which pours forth so broad a stream of speech?” I answered him, my brow covered with shame.  ‘O glory and light of other poets, may the long study and the great love that have made me search your volume avail me! You are my master and my author. You alone are he from whom I took the fair style that has done me honour.”


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Xiao Nan Yu and Don Quixote

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“But who in the world can boast that he has penetrated and understood the confused thought and mutable condition of a woman? No one, certainly.”

Miguel De Cervantes:   -Don Quixote,  First Part, Chapter XXVII

“so as the proverb says, at times the just must pay for the sinners.”   – Chapter VII

Chapter 1:

“The reason for there unreason  to which my reason turns so weakens my reason that with reason I  complain of thy  beauty.  And also when he read: … the heavens on high divinely heighten thy divinity with the stars and make thee deserving of the deserts thy greatness deserves.”

Chapter XX

“That is the nature of women, said Don Quixote, they reject the man who loves them,  and love the man who despises them.”

Chapter IV:

“Halt , all of you, unless all of you confess that in the entire world there is no damsel more beauteous than the empress of La Mancha the peerless Dulcinea of Toboso.”…

‘Senor Knight, we do not know this good lady you have mentioned; show her to us, for if she is as beautiful as you say, we will gladly and freely confess the truth you ask of us.”

“If  I were to show her to you, replied Don Quixote, where would the virtue be in your confessing so obvious a truth?  The significance lies in not seeing her and believing, confessing, affirming, swearing and defending that truth; if you do not, you must do battle with me, audacious and arrogant people. And whether you come one by one, as the order of chivalry demands or all at once, in the vicious manner of those of your  ilk   here I am ready and waiting for you, certain of the rightness of my claim”.

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