Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 20C - Still Dancing around the Maypole




The best known Maypole dance is called The Flower

The dance takes place in two opposing directions , the women rotate counter-clockwise, while men in the clockwise direction. Each time a man and a woman meet by dancing, exchange roles; the woman goes outside and inside the man and so on. In this way, we simulate the courtship ritual among the dancers. It's important to maintain a steady pace so that the distance between the dancers remains uniform.

 An elementary Maypole dance is called A Simple Figure

Another Maypole dance one exists in a more simple in which the group of women form a smaller circle, in the vicinity of the pole, while the group of men form an outer circle (the distance between the two groups is about 3 steps). As the diagram men turn clockwise and women perform a tighter turning counter-clockwise so that their tapes are wrapped first in a spiral, above which is going to tighten the spiral of men.

 A more complicated dance is called The Spider

ONE WAY - The two groups of dancers remain at a certain distance (about two steps) with the innermost circle of women, while dancing They stay with their backs to the pole and taking the tape taut with both hands folded in chest, but men are the ones that perform the dance starting vaulted frontal with respect to the pole and coupled with his lady. The man takes a first rotary motion, turning away from his left side around the woman, and then continuing clockwise to the next woman to perform the same movement.

TWO-WAY Men and women alternate in the rotational movement of the FIRST WAY: When men (and women who remain stationary) and once women (with men who are at a standstill). The arrangement of the pairs to see all the dancers start with the right side facing towards the pole in order to make a clockwise rotation and arranged for couples with women slightly away a little 'more in and ahead of the companion.

There are many variations of these Maypole dances depending on the location in which these dances are practiced. The number of participants varies depending on the size which should not fall below 8 ribbons or tapes.


May 1800s - English historical depiction of a Maypole


Frederick Goodall (British artist, 1822-1904) Here Goodall depicts the Raising the Maypole from an earlier era.


May 1800s - Robert Walker Macbeth (1848-1910) - Maypole scene


1800s Robert Walker Macbeth (1848-1910) - Maypole scene depicting an earlier era


May 1781 - Carington Bowles in London


1781 The Twelve Months print Carington Bowles (Published by) Robert Dighton (After) Richard Earlom (Print made by) London


May 1760s - London


1761–1770 John Collet (British artist, c.1725–1780) A Satire of a May Day Scene in London


May 1749 - John June (Print made by) D Voisin London


1749 May print John June (Print made by) D Voisin (Published by) London


May Day by Josef Frans Nollekens (Flemish-born British artist, 1702-1748)


Josef Frans Nollekens (Flemish-born British artist, 1702-1748) May Day


May 1745 - Thomas Burford (British artist, 1710-1770) Personification of May


1745 Thomas Burford (British artist, 1710-1770) May


May 1700s - Maypole Dance


 1700s Maypole Dance


May 1700s


 1700 Jacob van Huysum (1686-1740) Twelve Months of Flowers for May


May 1678 - Henri II Bonnart (Published by) 1678-1700 Paris


1678 Twelve Months May print Henri II Bonnart (Published by) Paris


May 1669 - Scene before a Maypole by Salomon van Ruysdael


1669 Scene before a Maypole with Alkmaar Church in the Background by Salomon van Ruysdael


May 1580 Italian School The Labours of the Months


May 1580 Italian School The Labours of the Months


May 1500s


Francesco Bassano the Younger (1563-1570) May