Thursday, November 21, 2013

Forget the Dutch Waltz--Thinking waaaay outside the box.

On the way home from my free-style group lesson I was trolling for some music and hesitated on a local classical music station.  They were playing eight Gaillardes by the renaissance composer Tielman Susato. (forget about the unicorn; just listen to the music).

Could one ice dance to music from the early renaissance?   An interesting thought, no?  Just think, not only does music from this period present an untapped resource, but for once the male skater's costume would easily be as interesting as that of his female partner--men in tights! Mel Brooks would be all over this.

Here's some more music and dance:

and here:

I'll let the choreographers in the audience put their collective thinking cap on...


  1. Why not dance to music from the early Renaissance? THEY did. I think it could be quite cool (icy cool?!) Check this out -- does it not sound familiar?

  2. A lot of the music from that period seems to have 3/4 or 4/4 time, so it would be a matter of coming up with skating steps which capture the expression of the "dry land" version of a particular Renaissance dance.

  3. Though it doesn't sound like it, it's a slow march with some oddball measures in some phrases. There's a couple of ice dances to the march rhythm.

  4. A slow march. Sounds like my current level of ice dancing...maybe with some bunny hops tossed in for good measure. The music appeals to me. Don't know how practical it would be capture the essence of a dance from that period. Costumes would be fun (I have a jester's hat left over from Mardi Gras and I'm not afraid to use it),