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Strictly Something Understood

Mark Tully takes the floor to challenge the traditional role of male and female dance partners. He finds out what happens when the traditional roles are switched.

Mark Tully takes the floor to challenge the traditional role of male and female dance partners. He finds out what happens when the woman leads and the man follows, how such role reversal can have wider benefits, and what dance can tell us about gender, masculinity, femininity and relations between men and women.

Dance teacher and anthropologist Dr Barbara Prentiss demonstrates with her partner Sam Hutton how both parties can flourish as they swap from leading to following while dancing the salsa. She discusses how initial reluctance soon disappears as preconceptions are danced away.

Gene Kelly, Irving Berlin, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Salsa Celtica all make musical contributions to the discussion, while the words of dancers and writers celebrate the pure joy of taking a partner by the hand and leading - or being led.

Producer: Adam Fowler
A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 3 Jun 2018 23:30

Music Played

  • Irving Berlin

    Cheek to Cheek

    Performer: Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers.
    • Fred Astaire.
    • EMI 8219752-2.
  • Djembe Kaan

    Moribayassa

    Performer: Djembe Kaan.
    • Concert.
    • DK Records NFI.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Main Street

    Performer: Gene Kelly, Vera Ellen. Composer: Eric Rogers.
    • Wonderful Gene Kelly at MGM.
    • Turner/Rhino/Warner 812272-437-2.
  • Träd

    An Cailleach

    Performer: Salsa Celtica.
    • El Camino.
    • Discos Leon DSLCD-001.
  • Robert Schumann

    Tanzlied, Op.78, No.1 - "Eia, wie flattert der Kranz"

    Performer: Julia Varady, Peter Schreier, Fischer Dieskau Dietrich, Christophe Eschenbach.
    • Schumann: Duets.
    • Deutsche Grammopho 457915-2.
  • Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

    I Won’t Dance

    • Swing! The Beat Goes On.
    • Marks & Spencer MS4-900T.

Readings

Title: A Passionate Apprentice

Author: Virginia Woolf

Published by Mariner Books

 

Title: Date A Man Who Dances

Author: Luke Davis

Published on his blog: http://www.dancemm.com/DATE_A_MAN_WHO_DANCES.pdf

 

Title: A Passion For Tango

Author: David Turner

Published by Dingley Press

 

Title: The Ballet Companion

Author: Eliza Gaynor Minden

Published by Touchstone

Broadcasts