AVAILABLE FOR STAGING
Casimir Gide, arranged by John Lanchberry
(No performance tape available. May be dubbed from the video.)
Length: 14 minutes (May benefit from being shortened for performance)
Costume: Spanish style dress
Set: Not necessary but information available at DNB
Notation: Excellent quality, 1981
Consultancy: Not required
The Cachucha is a Spanish solo-dance, better adapted for execution
by a lady than by a gentleman. It is danced to the melody of an Andulusian
national song containing two parts of eight measures each, to which,
for the sake of variety, there has been added a third part of similar
duration; the whole is completed by an introduction and a coda.
Fanny Elssler, by her wonderful execution, won for this dance
a popularity in keeping with its merits. The dance is best performed
by mature artists. There is some tricky footwork. It helps to
know classical Spanish dance but is not necessary. The clicking
of the castanets, which forms so essential a part of the Spanish
dances is usually neglected by all save Spanish dancers. Care
should be devoted to this feature if it is at all possible.
(Notes reproduced, in part, from Zorn's Grammar of the Art of
Dancing, Boston, 1905. A reduced facsimile edition is published
by Dance Horizons, New York).
Fanny Elssler in La Cachucha.
Image reproduced from Bibliothèque Nationale de France/Gallica.