Medieval modes

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Christine Janet Lister (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Lois Andreasen

Abstract: The work entitled "Medieval Modes" is a suite of dances intended to convey a Medieval theme, style and feeling. The primary intention of the choreographer was to juxtapose the two basic facets of Medieval life: the religious and the secular. The choreographer operated on the premise that in Medieval times, every aspect of life was pervaded by these two forces, and that the quality of life was shaped by the tensions between them. The aim of contrasting these two basic modes of existence was achieved by a combination of factors. Religious and secular dances were alternated throughout for purposes of contrast. The suite was comprised of seven dances, beginning and ending with a religious theme, with the intent of leaving an overall impression of somberness. The great contrast between the two modes was emphasized by having different groups of dancers for the two types of dances: there were three performers for the religious pieces, and two for the secular.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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