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Thursday 14 December 2017 18:30 - 20:00
The Spindle of Necessity & the Colour White
Short listed for the 2017 MA Dissertation Prize
The talk will extract and discuss an aspect from my dissertation which centres around the drop spindle, placing particular focus on the spindle in motion, introducing possible cosmological connotations and unpacking the notion of the Spindle of Necessity.
Spinning Goddesses are often depicted holding a drop spindle. By making reference to images and texts of mythological women engaged in spinning, the presentation will seek to draw analogies with the Weisse Frauen, the White Women found in European folklore and storytelling.
The symbolic attribute of the colour white will be discussed under the prism of classical ballet, where the dancer herself, when performing in a tutu, is arguably a physical embodiment of the Spindle of Necessity.
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