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Posted By: Penny S.
12-Aug-07 - 04:28 PM
Thread Name: Morris segregation
Subject: RE: Morris segregation
Ummm. As audience, not dancer or musician, could I make a small suggestion?

I was watching - I don't know how many I had already watched that day - a side performing near the old east gate of Rochester, when I realised that what I was watching shared something with English bell ringing. Of which I have read someone expressing astonishment that only the English would use bells to do maths. Leaving out the leaping and the handkerchief waving and stick bashing, the way the men change places does seem a bit mathematical.

I don't suppose most of the sudience would be that interested in maths, but would it help to demonstrate a particular figure before the dance and ask people how many times they saw it repeated. Or ask if they could follow where a particular dancer travelled in the dance?

(I went on that day to devise a Dr Who plot involving getting all the sides to perform a particular sequence of moves at the same time as the local ringers rang a particular ring which would activate together some buried .... anyway, the activities are an attempt to restore some ancient mathematics. Can't remember whether it was a buried spaceship or a Buffy type apocalypse sort of thing.

How to prevent the disaster? Free beer, I should think.)