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Friday, July 23, 2010

Foot to foot resuscitation

Just came across the delightful term "foot to foot" to describe the way in which ballet, which notoriously lacks a universally acknowledged form of written notation analogous to musical scores, is traditionally transmitted from one generation to the next, from a dancer who learned the ballet himself or herself and then coaches the next performer, and so on down the line over the years. It's the balletic equivalent of oral history, with many of the same issues, especially when it comes to attempts to revive an "authentic" version of the original ballet.
For more on this topic, head over to my other blog at Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays

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Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber is an expert on the English language and a frequent guest on radio and television. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Her witty and informative talks on the stories behind our words are very popular. Contact her at wordlady.barber@gmail.com to book her for speaking engagements; she can tailor her talks to almost any subject. She is also available as an expert witness for lawsuits.