Crane dance for dating
but he needed to devise a whole set of new movements to do so.“My version of Irish dance involves a lot more of the body than those more recognisable motifs,” de Gallaí says. I explored movement patterns that have come about from the use of devices: the stoop forward, the hand up to take a selfie.These are our signature gestures, that we’ve deconstructed to come up with a vocabulary for our production.” Fusing Irish dance with other genres to expand its expressive capabilities for a modern era isn’t a unique concept. “Many choreographers want to do the Riverdance kind of show, which is all about self-aggrandising feats of skill, and that’s all fine,” de Gallaí says.“But to say that the Irish dancing body can’t evoke other emotions, I would say that that’s not true; that’s my experience.” De Gallaí, the Gaoth Dobhair native and Gaeilgeoir who was principal dancer with Riverdance for seven years, is quite open about it; his time with the production still influences his work, but only in that it’s everything he doesn’t want his own work to be.Now 48, last year de Gallaí danced his putative swansong in Linger, a duet that took on the rare challenge of exploring gay male identity within Irish dance.
There is an old story about a lonely farmer who saved a crane’s life.
The wife wove beautiful thousand-crane patterned fabric from which the farmer could make a lot of money.
They had been living happily but due to the wife’s diminishing health the farmer looked into the room and saw a crane weaving cloth by picking up beautiful feathers from her body.
In later ages with Buddhist symbolism and art, the white heron was also associated with purity, like the lotus (see “White Heron and Lotus” painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art) and meant wishes for an upward path.
Curiously, heron and egret symbolism in East Asia closely resembles that of the Egyptian heron, the Benu bird’s funerary, calendar and solar symbolism, which poses the question of whether the idea diffused through trading peoples between the Middle/Near East and The Far East.