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Andrea di Bonaiuto (13431377)
Passeggio - Medieval dance
Passeggio - Medieval

Medieval dance

Although the first detailed dance descriptions only date from the 15th century, we have a few information about the dances of the 13th and 14th centuries as well.

In medieval literature one may find several hints referring to certain dances or specific dance steps, such as the saltarello and trotto steps. At the same time, the period illustrations show dancers arranged in circles or rows.

A special (and controversial) case is the Saltarello dance entitled La Regina, which was reconstructed in the 20th century by Geffrei Louarn de Kaermeriadec on the basis of a manuscript from Northern Italy dating from the end of the 14th century, and which was published in The Letter of Dance no. 7 of November 7, 1990.

Luckily, we have more data on the music of these centuries, which was revived by a number of historical music lovers. By interpreting and using the steps mentioned in that handful of sources, we have created, based on medieval music, other dance choreographies as well, which we consider to be similar to those that would have been danced in the period.

For this period, our dance repertory consists of:

      In alreley
      La septime estampie royale
      La quinte estampie royale
      Saltarello La Regina
      Saltarello 1
      Saltarello 2

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