Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bring On The Dancing Girls

When we left our Epiphany celebration, the music had started

Then the dancing girls took to the stage...along with their partners...and proceeded to dance out an elaborate fight scene! 

All's fair in love and ... err ... dance.  Check out the Provençale version of the Maori War Dance...

...and curtsy, stage left...


May your weekend be conflict free!

Amicalement,
leslie

6 comments:

donna said...

fascinating.....can you give anymore background on why the dance scene took place?....when my sis and family lived in a small village in the netherlands she would see events in the town square and not know what it was all about....some of the traditions went back so far that it was impossible to even know why they did what they did......

Betty C. said...

I've been zapping through your blog trying to figure out where the set of 1982 black and white photos came from -- but I guess I'll just have to ask you directly!

la fourchette said...

donna, of course, 'maori war dance' was typed with tongue firmly in cheek...this was far more playful with each round giving the couples a new target for hitting until they got to the head and did a whole hair-pulling round.

Perhaps it's a peek into old provençale households as the story arc of the dance ended with the women all in a huddle having had been 'spanked' by their husbands (their dresses raised to expose their bloomers pre-spank) in the final round. The husbands then gathered outside the crying circle congratulating themselves on their conquest.

At some point, the women emerge from the circle drying their eyes and smiling and heading over to their proud men to make up with hugs and kisses.

A bit weird if you ask me...but it was good for a laugh as I commented to the friend who went with me to see the procession: "The reason the women are smiling is because they've just figured out they kind of liked those spankings."

But I'm guessing that's not really the case. ;}

(There were many other more conventional 'square dance' looking pieces as well...so this was more for a bit of a laugh anyway, I suppose.)

la fourchette said...

Bette C., how nice to see you! Meilleurs voeux in this still new year.

These are all current images. I'm using my iPhone and there is a template that stamps it with that "Janv. 82" marking...a little retro twist to the program and I can't remember which one it is...but I will make a note for sharing in the future.

I'm in love...with my iPhone, that is. (As if I even have to say that, huh?! It kinda shows, doesn't it?)

Betty C. said...

Thank you...I wouldn't have figured that out! I also got a smartphone recently -- a Samsung, though. I've never been into Apple and didn't quite want to go there. I love my phone too! But I haven't even put in a memory card for photos...slowly but surely...

la fourchette said...

Betty C., Take it step by step because once you get hooked, there's no going back. ;}

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