Fortunosa
a bassadanza for four
Source: AW Smith (NYP), reconstructed by Dafydd Cyhoeddwr
Music: Una Festivita Della Danza (DHDS) (one measure of intro)
Starting position: the two couples are side by side, not one behind the other ("stand at the side of the hall, even")
Section 1:
1 Two continentie, left and right
2 The men go forward a doppio, left, and mezavolta; the women ripresa, left
3 The men return to their partner with a doppio, right, and mezavolta; the women ripresa, right
4 Everyone together do a ripresa, left
5&6 Volta del Gioioso (two sempi, right and left, ripresa, right)
Section 2:
7 Two continentie, left and right
8-10 All do two sempi, left and right, and two doppi, left and right
11 The women do a (very small) ripresa, left (toward their partner), while the men do a riverentia and a mezavolta
12 All turn slightly toward their partner and riverentia, touching right hands, then complete the mezavolta (men face up, women down)
13 Ripresa, left (very small)
Section 3:
14&15 The women go "downgroup", men "upgroup", with two sempi, right and left, and a doppio, right; mezavolta
16 Ripresa, left
17&18 The men Volta del Gioioso (two sempi, right and left, ripresa right),
as the women approach with two sempi and a doppio, starting right
19 The men do two continentie, left and right, as the women do a ripresa, left
20&21 The women Volta del Gioioso (two sempi, right and left, ripresa right),
as the men approach with four sempi, starting left to end up in front of their partner
Section 4:
22 Two continentie, left and right
23&24 Partners take right hands and circle with two doppi, left and right
25&26 Take left hands and circle with two doppi, left and right
27 Drop hands and do two continentie, left and right
28&29 The women go "downgroup", men "upgroup", with two saltarelli, left and right; mezavolta
30&31 Two riprese, left and right
Section 5:
32 Two continentie, left and right
33&34 Everyone approach with two doppi, left and right, and at the end the women mezavolta into their former places
35&36 Two riprese, left and right
37 Two continentie, left and right
38-40 The women go forward two sempi, left and right, and then two doppi, left and right turning on a path to return to their places
as the men do two riprese gallopate (large), turning first to the left, then to the right, then returning to their places with two sempi
41 They join hands (all? Just couples?) and do a ripresa, left
42&43 Drop hands, do Volta del Gioioso (two sempi, right and left, ripresa right)
44 Two continentie, left and right
Dance does not repeat