Over the last few years I have fallen in love with English Country dancing. I love the music, the movement, the patterns and above all I love the music. Nothing quite hits you like a good tune. I grew up in a family that played tons of live “old country” polka, so my tastes have always been more historical. Jigs and Reels became a natural extension of what I found I liked. Funny it took me so long to find my way into the English Country Dance world.
Some thing else you should know about me while I love all things historical, I have a great love for the modern form of entertainment known as video games.
Now you might be wondering why I am telling you this and what the two have to do with each other. Well as we said in the intro we are moderne woman navigating history. Funny it’s a modern art form that is inspiring me to look deeper into something from the past.
Over the Easter weekend the Husband and I played Bio Shock Infinite. It was a great story and wonderful game.
What really caught my attention was this
Go on have a listen, you’ll find it’s not what you might expect from a game sound track. The name of the tune is Rory O More Saddle the Pony. While you have to wade though many videos and thoughts on the game should you wish to goggle it, you will discover that it is a rather old tune.
This all leads me back to dancing. You see the moment I heard it in game I knew I wanted to dance to it. Not just any dance but something fast fun and in a ball gown. This music is setting me not just to dance but how dance is and was created. What I hope to do is create something that feels like it could be from the past, but has been inspired but something very modern. I may even see if I can make some sort of nod to the game with in the dance. This is the very first time I have done dance project like this, and hope with a little help I can end up with something that works!
So I will keep you all posted on how this goes and if I really can make the modern and past come together in dance.