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Hofer, M: Polite and Social Dances
Excerpt from Polite and Social Dances: A Collection of Historic Dances, Spanish, Italian, French, English, German, American; With Historical Sketches, Descriptions of the Dances, and Instructions for Their Performance
The Garanos is variously interpreted, sometimes as an archaic religious dance; sometimes as a pas toral dance celebrating the return of the crane in the springtime, showing its ¿ight and other movements. The Geramos was also supposed to figure the endlesswindings and turnings of Theseus in his efforts to free himself from the Labyrinth. From this in turn probably emanated the Labyrinthian dance, usually performed by peasants on returning from the vine yards with their mules laden with panniers of grapes. Leaving their harvest by the wayside, they joined hands and followed a leader, who by waving a hand kerchief initiated all manner of intricate figures. Later these involutions were transcribed into the ancient mosaic ¿oors, thus permanently fixing the patterns of the maze, and producing the first Chore ography, or dance-writing, known to the world. As in sculpture, the Greeks divined and perfected all the possibilities of its sister art of the dance. We show our good sense and taste when we consult its criterions, and follow its laws.
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