Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation References in Period Sources

Symbols for man and woman, arrows indicate the body facing

man symbol
man

woman symbol
woman

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taking hands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation References in Period Sources

Symbols for taking hands and letting go of hands

  • First example shows the dancers taking inside hands, (man R hand, woman L hand)
  • Second example shows letting go of inside hands
take inside hands
let go of hands

Next Step in Table:
pas marché

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

 

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation References in Period Sources

Pas marché or walking step: step forward on L

step symbol

 

Next Step in Table:
foot in air

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation References in Period Sources
Symbol for leaving foot up in air: move R foot forward off the ground without taking weight
foot in air symbol

Next Step in Table: plier

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation References in Period Sources

Symbol for a bend, sink, plier

*NOTE: This bend occurs on the left leg before the right foot steps forward. The left leg must be the weight bearing leg before the right foot can move forward, so it is implied that the sink is on the left leg.

**NOTE: The preparatory sink or bend occurs on the upbeat of the measure (end of the previous measure) so that the step, rise, or landing from a jump arrives on the downbeat of the measure.

plié symbol

Next Step in Table: élever

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation References in Period Sources
Symbol for a rise, élever
rise symbol

Next Step in Table: demi-coupé

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation References in Period Sources

demi-coupé

  • bend on L and step up on the R sideways to the R
  • demi-coupés in various directions are shown in Feuillet and Weaver
demi-coupé

Next Step in Table:
pas balancer

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation References in Period Sources

pas balancé: two demi-coupés performed either side to side (shown in the example) or forward and backward

pas balancé

Next Step in Table:
pas de bourée

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

pas de bourée or fleuret

  • bend on L and step up on the R forward, step L forward, step R forward
  • pas de bourées can be executed in various directions and with various turns and ornaments as shown in Feuillet p. 53-60 and Weaver p. 60-68
bourée

Next Step in Table:
tems de courante

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

tems de courante

  • bend (or sink) on L, rise on L, slide R forward, transfer weight onto R
tems de courante

Next Step in Table: coupé

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

coupé and coupé soutenou

  • first example starts in 4th position with L toe pointing back: bend on R, step forward and up on L, step forward on R
  • second example starts in 4th position with R toe pointing back: bend on L, step forward and up on R, slide L forward, step on L
coupé
coupé simple
coupé soutenou
coupé soutenou

Next Step in Table:
coupé avec ouverture de jambe

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

coupé avec ourverture de jambe

  • bend on L, step up on R forward, move L forward and open outward in air
coupé avec ouverture de jambe

coupé avec ouverture de jambe et emboëtté en l'air:

  • bend on R & turn 1/4 clockwise, step up on L & open R outward in air, then enclose the R in 3rd back in the air with a bend and an additional 1/8 turn clockwise
  • figure 2: measure 2 - female side is shown, male performs opposite
coupé with opening of leg and enclose notation

Next Step in Table:
coupé avec ouverture de jambe-2

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

coupé avec ouverture de jambe et assemblé:

  • turn 1/2 counterclockwise, step up on R & open L outward in air, then assemble foot in 1st with an addition 1/8 turn counterclockwise
  • figure 2: measure 4 - female side is shown, male performs opposite
coupé avec ouverture de jambe et assemblé

Next Step in Table:
coupé bâttu

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

coupé bâttu:

coupé bâttu

Next Step in Table: jumps

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

Symbol for spring, jump, sauter

There are 5 types of jumps:

  • spring from one foot to other foot (1st example to right) is a bound or jeté (leap) from the L foot onto the R foot
  • spring from both feet to both feet (2nd example to right) is a sauter
  • spring from one foot to the same foot is a hop (see hop example)
  • spring from two feet to one foot is a sissonne (see second jump in pas de sissonne example)
  • spring from one foot to two feet is a pas assemblé (see pas assemblé example)
spring symbol
leap or jeté
(one foot to other foot)
sauté on two feet
bend & spring
on 2 feet in 1st position

Next Step in Table:
demi-contretemps

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

demi-contretemps: hop (spring from one leg to same leg) - step

  • in the example, the leg in the air symbol is on the R foot, so the R must be in the air and therefore the hop is on the L
  • the R foot will take weight after the initial hop due to the placement of the leg in the air symbol in mid-step rather than end of the step (See Weaver, p. 15), also see discussion of contretemps de gavotte notation immediately below
hop - step

Next Step in Table:
contretemps de gavotte

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

contretemps de gavotte

  • hop on L with R leg in air to the front, step R, step L
  • contretemps de gavotte forward is shown - see Feuillet and Weaver for variations
contretemps notation

Next Step in Table:
contretemps balonné

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

contretemps balonné

  • bend and hop on L with R leg in air to the front, bend (on L having landed from the hop) & spring onto the R
  • hop - leap
contretemps balonné

Next Step in Table:
pas assemblé

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

pas assemblé

  • bend on R, spring off R, open L slightly sideways and assemble the left to land in 1st position
assemble

Next Step in Table:
pas de sissonne

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

pas de sissonne

  • bend on L, spring and land on two feet in plié (bend) with R in 5th front, spring from 5th to land in 3rd with the L foot up in back
pas de sissone

Next Step in Table:
pas de rigaudon

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

pas de rigaudon

  • bend and jump from 2 feet opening the R leg outward and then closing in 1st, then open the L leg outward and close in 1st, then on the second measure, bend and jump in 1st
  • in the dance a pas marché, or walking step, follows the final jump

 

pas de rigaudon

Next Step in Table:
pas de gaillarde

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

pas de gaillarde: coupé, tems de courante, or pas assemblé to 1st or spring to an enclosed position (3rd or 5th) - pas marché followed by a tombé or a tombé - jeté, can occur forward and sideways

  • m. 1 - spring to third - pas marché: bend on L, spring enclosing the R to 3rd front touching the toe (see dot), step forward on R...
  • m. 2 - tombé - jeté: fall on the L (behind the R) causing the R to release forward in the air (referred to as "chasé en avant en tombé" in Feuillet's step table on page 78), spring or leap onto the R
gaillarde

Next Step in Table:
pirouette

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Step Tables for la Bacchante

Step Name & Description Step Notation & Explanation

pirouette

  • in 3rd position R front: bend, rise, turn 1/2 ccw on the toes
  • the dancer begins facing downstage and ends facing upstage

Kinds of turns:

  • sink, rise, turn in a position on two feet (the example)
  • sink, rise, turn on one foot
  • sink, spring, turn (one or two feet)
pirouette

*Notice the movement symbols are notated on both foot symbols of the third position indicating that the turn is on two feet.

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References

For reconstructing this French dance, French sources and their English translations are referenced
and available online in the Library of Congress collection of Dance Instruction Manuals.

Feuillet, Raoul Auger. Chorégraphie, ou l'art de décrire la dance. Published with Recueil de dances, composées par M. Feuillet and Recüeil de dances, composées par M. Pecour. Paris, 1700; Library of Congress: 1713 edition. Published version available: Broude Brothers, New York, 1968. Facsimile.

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English translation of Feuillet's Chorégraphie (above) by dancing master John Weaver:
Orchesography or the Art of Dancing.
London: 1706; England. Published version available: Gregg International Publishers Limited, 1971. Facsimile.

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Rameau, P. Le Maître à Danser. Paris, 1725; Library of Congress: 1748 edition. Published version available: Broude Brothers, New York, 1967. Facsimile.

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English translation of Rameau's Maître (above) by dancing master John Essex:
The Dancing-Master: or, The Art of Dancing. London, 1728.

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