Golden Age manners, movement workshop offered

9:46:21 AM CDT - Wednesday, February 14, 2007

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

The simple, yet elegant, movements of the bow and curtsey have long fallen out of use in modern society, but for one afternoon those movements will become in vogue again during a workshop being hosted by WSU’s medieval and renaissance certificate program.

Actor, director and theater historian David Pasto of Oklahoma City University will present the workshop “Movement and Manners in the Golden Age” or “How to Bow, Curtsey and Wear Fabulous Clothes” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in 200 Clinton Hall.

Pasto, whose translation of a Spanish Golden Age play won an award, will talk about the time in Spanish history when the arts and letters flourished in the Spanish empire. “Don Quixote” is perhaps the most well-known play of that era. The Spanish Golden Age, which ran its course during most of the 17th century, was a time when movement and manners were very important.

After Pasto talks about the way people stood, sat, bowed and curtsied, he will teach participants to perform those simple, yet elegant tasks at the workshop.

The workshop is free and open to the public. The Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and its departments of English and of modern and classical languages and literatures are co-sponsoring the program.

WSU’s medieval and renaissance certificate program is an interdisciplinary, 18-credit-hour program that draws from courses in art history, literature, music, languages, political science and history and promotes a broad-based understanding of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

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