Submitted by Ann Hutchinson Guest - March 10, 2009
[Editor's note: The following is Ann Hutchinson Guest's response to the minutes of the April 7, 2008 Open Theory Meeting. Ex. 1, Ex. 5, Ex. 7, Ex. 8, and Ex. 9 are examples from the minutes.]
Timing for Supports Ex. 1, I would be happier if a bar line had been added.
I would like to clarify the timing of support symbols. AH 1a): The contact with the floor is shown by the beginning of the symbol, (i), the length indicates how long there is a settling into the centered weight placement, (ii). When traveling has taken place, contact with the floor often occurs before the center of weight is centered over the new support, thus the length of the support symbol is important. When springs in place occur, AH 1b), the length of the support symbol shows the cushioning, the bending of the leg. In AH 1c) this cushioning barely takes place. Thus the length of this symbol does not affect when the moment of landing occurs. Ray's ex 2 shows a more abrupt landing.
Remaining over the center of weight: In AH 1d) the left leg remains under the body, the traveling is shown outside the staff and the landing is 'in place' as far as the relationship of the new support to the body is concerned. It is not unusual to show traveling this way, but for this special kind of movement, it is an appropriate way.
Resultant Touches. Ex. 8 is correct. Ex. 9 is not. The touch comes into effect at the end of the transference of weight, not at the start. Normally the foot would release from the floor at this point, the hook states that it does not and what kind of resultant touch takes place, in this case the toe.