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Pavana Matthei

Submitted by Katherina Weyssin on August 16, 2013 - 12:08pm

We revised some old repertoire, then attempted Pavana Matthei.

  • Montarde Branle
  • Spagnoletta (for two, from Il Ballarino)
  • Bassa Colonna
  • Cesarina
  • Pavana Matthei
  • Ginevra

We danced all the way through the Pavana and Gagliarda, but using only the women's mutanze. We'll attempt the first man's mutanza next week.

Notes from practising Pavana Matthei

Swapping places after the first and second mutanza needs to be managed a little differently each time. The first time we take right hands, and circle a fair way apart - almost at arm's length - and just over half way round. The second time we take left hands, circle close - almost shoulder-to-shoulder - and go all the way round and then a little more.

For the first two mutanza we need to be 3-4m apart. For the third mutanza (i.e. after the left-handed circle) we need to be only about 2m apart, or less.

The final circling, with the two seguiti ordinarii in the wheel, looks on on paper but works well in practice.

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