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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:
- If you want to find out more about "[doing a thing] about [a thing] is like [doing a different thing] about [another thing]" adages, take a look here and here.
- Further werewolf reading-matter: find out about Old English wolf-words; read this plea for feminist werewolves/wifwolves; and this, apparently, is The Problem with Female Werewolves (too hairy for this bikini-waxed world?).
- You want to learn Labanotation? Don't let me stop you.
- You want to learn about the Step Up series of films? Don't let me stop you.
- Steven Hoggett talks more about how he goes about his work, here and here.
- Here is the transcript of this episode, and I'm going back and adding transcripts of previous episodes at theallusionist.org/transcripts. Tell people you know who might not be able to hear the podcast, but perhaps would like to read it.
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MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
- Alice Sanders writes very funny articles and blogs. Find her at twitter.com/wernerspenguin.
- Steven Hoggett is working on exciting forthcoming projects including the stage adaptation of Disney's Pinocchio, AND the Harry Potter play. You'll have to wait a little while for those; but his Burt Bacharach show, Close To You, is about to open at London's Criterion Theatre. The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time is on in the UK and on Broadway, and Once seems to be all over the place.
- The non-speech noises in this episode were:
- Allusionist Theme by Martin Austwick
- The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky
- A snippet of the film version of A Chorus Line
- Cinderella by Prokofiev
- This episode was produced by me, Helen Zaltzman. Thanks to Eleanor McDowall and Miranda Sawyer.
- Dance along to facebook.com/allusionistshow, twitter.com/allusionistshow and twitter.com/helenzaltzman.