Saturday, July 20, 2013
Ellefolk v.8, the quarterly newsletter from Under The Root, is
running around the world now. A fresh discount code,
little peoples perspective, lemons, and a gigantuan hello.
Friday, July 19, 2013
|The Fairy Tree by Richard Doyle|
Icelandic hidden people from huldu, pertaining to
secrecy, and folk, people, are one of the 13 types
of elves in Iceland. Their dwellings are in mounds,
and they are also called elves. Official opposition to
dancing may have begun in Iceland as early as the
12th century, and the association of dancing with elves
can be seen as early as the 15th century. One folktale
shows the elves siding with the common people and
taking revenge on a sheriff who banned dance parties.
"The Huldufólk are... not so much supernatural as
ultranatural, representing not an overcoming of nature
in the hope of a better deal beyond but a deep reverence
for the land and the mysterious powers able to cause
fertility or famine."
Although there is not a common origin on their
true nature or shape, it is broadly accepted that these
beings live in the underworld and keep a close relation
with natural elements. Many Icelandic sources describe
them as quite similar to humans... according to the
descriptions from the ones whom have been able to see them.
"The Nickur, Ninnir, and Hnikur, one of the Eddaic
names of Odin. He appears always in the form of a fine
apple-grey horse on the seashore;
but he may be distinguished from ordinary horses by the
circumstance of his hoofs being reversed. If any one is so
foolish as to mount him, he gallops off, and plunges into
the sea with his burden. He can, however, be caught in a
particular manner, tamed, and made to work."
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Lemon Verbena Love Poem by Wrigley
If you look, at the end of the day
after words are spent,
and memories begin their journey.
And the wisp that was once a
brilliant, iridescent flame,
retires to a loft of curling
lemon verbena smoke...
You'll see that I will, as on the very
first day, search for the never
written words, the one's never learned.
The one's I've yet to invent,
the one's you'll make me see,
to celebrate the 'us' that we've become.
'Till occasion brings language with the
sound of you,
I will continue to amuse every candle
with your shadow...
and begin another memory.
Lemon verbena, sometimes called vervain,
is one of the most strongly scented and intense
of the lemon scented plants. The essence,
both crisp and relaxing at the same time.
It is perfect for relieving indigestion,
heartburn, and as a toner for the digestive tract.
It is also great for soothing anxiety and
as a sedative it is helpful in insomnia.
It has uses in making perfumes and toilet water,
flavorings in baking, jelly and preserving, tea,
ice cream, or spellcasting. The flavor is similar
to oregano, licorice, and camphor.
The plant is native to Chile and Peru.
|Lemon Verbena tree and bicycle|
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
It seems that every moment of this womyn's life was centered
around sharing the arts of dance. Margaret had been dancing
from a very young age and by the precocious age of twelve had
begun to reject the strict nature of classical ballet. In 1909 she met
Raymond Duncan, brother of Isadora Duncan, who taught her the
six Greek positions, adapted from images on ancient Greek vases.
She elaborated on these to produce her own dance system aiming at
naturalism and freedom.
In 1922 is when she started the first educational school in England
to combine educational subjects with educational training in
dancing and acting. John Fergusson Duncan became the
art director of all her schools. The students' curriculum included
acting, dance composition and improvisation, Dance Notation,
design, and painting.
She was the first proponent of the Isadora Duncan technique
in Great Britain. She founded the Margaret Morris Movement,
Celtic Ballet, and two Scottish National Ballets in Glasgow (1947)
and in Pitlochry (1960).
I am in awe of her curriculum for the educational school.
As of 1925, the syllabus included all of the following:
- The Margaret Morris method of physical culture and dancing
- Dance composition
- Theory of movement : Breathing
- Theory of practice of teaching
- Paining, design and sculpture
- Notation of movement
- Property and mask making
- Music training
- Class singing
- Musical composition
- Literature; study of words; writing of plays and poems; essays
- Diction and acting
- Lecturing and discussion
- Stage management, including lighting
- Production of play and ballets
- General organisation and business management
- Ballroom dancing