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YES put to dance?

Postby gtrpir8 » Sat Jan 10, 2004 2:27 am

My wife and I went to see Michael Flatly in "Lord Of The Dance" last night. While the music may have been based on Irish and Celtic melodies, it was mostly played with keyboards and full drum kits, which occasionally reminded me of a good prog rock feel. As I enjoyed the show, I began to wonder what YES songs would most readily lend themselves to some sort of interpretive dance. My first impulse is to think that Turn Of The Century could be a beautiful production - what songs do you think could be illustrated by dance?
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Postby guitarz » Sat Jan 10, 2004 11:57 am

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How about Hearts from 90125? tatata ta ta ta ta ta.....Heaaarrrrring!

I could see a little tippy-toe to that opening.</font id=size3></font id='Bradley Hand ITC'>
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Postby N2yes » Sat Jan 10, 2004 2:58 pm

<font color=red><font face='Papyrus'>Long ago, I guess it was when I was a teen, dancing was something we did on a fairly regular basis. On Friday nights we would shake a leg to the likes of "Fire" ( Hendrix ) and "Immigrant Song" and we loved it! Over the years, dancing became something we all lost our appreciation for, that is until Flatley came along. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm no devotee by any means but I do respect one's ability to engage in such strenuous activity for extended periods of time! This goes, of course, without saying that the music is absolutely brilliant!

Now, as far as YES is concerned, at one time I would have offered a brush-off response saying, "Not a chance. YES ain't no disco band ya know." Yet, as I sit here and think about it, "Owner of a Lonely Heart" would be a good candidate as would "Shock to the System". Other possibilities would include, "Face to Face" and "Does it Really Happen?". I'm sure there are others but this will suffice for now.</font id='Papyrus'></font id=red><img src=pix/icon_smokin.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_yes2.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby theproffet » Sat Jan 10, 2004 5:36 pm

This Christmas, I've caught a lot of The Nutcracker Suite--and on other holidays, I like many ballet suites . . .

Pink Floyd's been done in dance, so I think Tales could work--although Gates could too, with the right stagecraft and lighting . . . <img src=pix/icon_smokin.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby N2yes » Sat Jan 10, 2004 10:33 pm

<font color=red><font face='Papyrus'>Apparently, I mis-'interpreted' the question. After reading Prof's suggestion, I would have to steer away from 'dance' numbers to something that more theme-like. How about "Endless Dream"? Safe to say some serious footwork would be required on that one, eh?</font id='Papyrus'></font id=red><img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_yes_yes2.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby YesJo » Sat Jan 10, 2004 11:15 pm

Back when my daughters were babies, I was completely insane, I really was, just from 24/7 of Mommy servanthood, I would go downstairs and put Yes on and I would do ballet dances with the girls. It was interpretive for sure, but it sure did help with my insanity.

Sometimes when I'm listening I envision the dance moves and I choregraph a dance. I guess I'm still a little insane.
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Postby in2yes » Sun Jan 11, 2004 10:03 am

<font face='Papyrus'><font color=teal><font size=3>Not at all, Jo. I took ballet lessons for years when I was a child and into my teenage years. I still regret giving it up!! Whenever I listen to classical or <img src=pix/icon_yes_yes.gif border=0 align=middle> music, I find myself envisioning the dance steps I would be doing to the music! If only I had a studio... but I'd probably pull every muscle in my body trying to do the things I did back then!! Wonderious Stories, Turn of the Century, In The Presence Of, are a few that come to mind that send my choreographic thoughts into motion. So, don't think of yourself insane for having these thoughts, unless you take into consideration a lot of people tell me I'm crazy!!<img src=pix/silly.gif border=0 align=middle></font id='Papyrus'></font id=teal></font id=size3>
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Postby Roan's Lady » Sun Jan 11, 2004 10:58 am

In my teens and early twenties, I danced to Yes and Jon's solo stuff all the time! Some favorites were AYAI, TOTC, Awaken, ISAGP, Gates, the end of "Ritual" - several songs from "Olias...", "Short Stories", "Animation", "The Friends of Mr. Cairo". When I got "Magnification", ITPO moved me to move - a LOT. A most uplifting and energizing workout!
I think one can dance to *any* music they choose. Yes music has the power to move us emotionally and spiritually. Why not physically as well? The music certainly doesn't have to follow a typical "dance" formula - and thankfully, most of Yes' music does not!
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Postby The Ancient » Sun Jan 11, 2004 11:38 am

...and don't forget about that guy who gets up in the middle of Symphonic and busts a move.
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Postby tardistraveler » Sun Jan 11, 2004 12:46 pm

Dance can be done to ANY music - it's just a way of the body interpreting it! Like N2 - I've done my share of dancing to rock music back in the 60's and 70's, but I've also studied ballet and jazz and I could see those being done to Yes music quite easily.
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Postby jackalz » Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:08 am

I was just the opposite with dancing. I was too shy in the 60’s and 70’s. I was athletic but didn’t enjoy dancing movement. Then when I started living on my own I found that Yes music felt even more incredible with my body moving to it. Now when I can’t find an urge to workout, I put on either Yes or Alanis Morrissette. I just move a little then a little more, and eventually I’m into a workout, either dancing/stretching or situps, pushups, , weightlifting, martial arts or whatever. This past year I got laid off, then I got a part time job, which gave me more time to have for myself and exercising. I’ve lost 30 lbs this year dancing (and other workouts) to Yes and the rest of my favorite musicians. I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. Yes music is really good for a gentle workout, sometimes it’s fast, but usually not for very long, then it slows down and lends itself well to body awareness exercises.

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Postby guilddigger » Mon Jan 19, 2004 2:44 pm

<font face='Comic Sans MS'>how nice to see you pop in jack!
i've only seen ballet live once and that was in st petersburg (leningrad then, of course) in 1980. i couldn't then, and still really can't, grasp what it's good for. but while being an ignorant jerk i can appreciate the work of the dancers and the form of art for what it is. art doesn't necessarily have to be understood.
having said that, i believe 'awaken' and 'turn of the century' are fitted for ballet dancing. it would be interesting to see what a choreographer would come up with. from the 'dawn piano' through the crescendo parts, into the beautiful sunset, 'awaken' leaves much room for a nice interpretation. 'turn of the century' is the classic love story that has been told for centuries. a perfect piece for a ballet!



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Postby Yesmam » Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:16 am

My first thought when I read the topic was Awaken.

I dance to Yes all the time. Last night for instance I put music on while cleaning up after dinner and I was dancing around the kitchen singing and dancing, Kinsey "caught" me, and of course had to say "You're crazy Mom", as she walked out of the room shaking her head. LOL

I love to dance to Yes music!!!!!
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