Dance is a measured pace #dancequote #francisbacon #speech

Dancers from Gala Flamenco, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival and quote from Francis Bacon, (c) Carole Edrich 2015

Dancers from Gala Flamenco, Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival and quote from Francis Bacon, (c) Carole Edrich 2015

Today the dance quote comes from Francis Bacon’s philosophical works of 1733. In ‘The Advancement of Learning’ as he discusses words, grammar and the way that words sound, Francis Bacon says; “yet in modern languages it seemeth to me, as free to make new measures of verses as dances, for a dance is a measured pace as a verse is a measured speech. In these things the sense is better judge than the art.” The image is from Gades’ Gala Flamenco as performed at Sadler’s Wells 2015 Flamenco Festival.










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