Allusionist 19: Architecting About Dance

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“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture” is a problematic statement: not just because nobody can agree on who came up with it, but because dancing about architecture doesn’t seem particularly far-fetched. Talking about dance, however - that's really difficult. How do you put a wordless form of communication into words?

Audio describer Alice Sanders and choreographer Steven Hoggett take the issue for a twirl.

READING ABOUT DANCE IS LIKE READING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE:

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MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
poetaster

CREDITS:

  1. Allusionist Theme by Martin Austwick
  2. The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky
  3. A snippet of the film version of A Chorus Line
  4. Cinderella by Prokofiev

- HZ

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

Allusionist 15: Step Away

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'Step-', as in stepparents or stepchildren, originated in grief. Family structures have evolved, but are stepmothers now so tainted by fairytale associations with the word 'wicked' that we need new terminology? Lore's Aaron Mahnke stops by to describe the lovelessness, literary tropes and life expectancy around 'step-'.

ADDITIONAL READING:

On Tuesday 4th August 2015 at 8pm UK time, 3pm ET, 12pm PT, I'll be doing a live discussion about this episode at spoken.am. Please come along to tell me what you think, divulge about your own steprelatives, and to ask me anything about the show.

Go to spoken.am to request your invite* and I'll see you there, yes? (Or you can catch up afterwards, if you must.)

UPDATE: Now that we are living in the post-live chat era, you can catch up at spoken.am/allusionist/step-away

*My school English teacher used to HATE people using 'invite' as a noun. I feel both guilty and slyly delighted to have done so just now.

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MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
emolument

CREDITS:

Back in a fortnight. Don't let anyone turn you into a pumpkin in the meantime.

- HZ

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.