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2. John Rose, with pianist Thomas Richner, performed Marcel Dupré's Variations on Two Themes on the recording I used for this ballet. John is an artist with the Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists agency. John's page on their site is here.
5. The Dance in Education Fund can be reached via the Steffi Nossen School of Dance: Tel. 914-761-7774. Fax 914-761-1752.
15. The maces for the rooks mentioned on page 15 were made of foam rubber. I bought a block of foam and went to work with a pair of scissors: I cut a sphere for the body of the mace and a number of elongated cone shapes to serve as the spikes.
At a local hardware store I found a glue suited for working with foam rubber and attached the spikes to the sphere. I cut a hole into the sphere and inserted the end of a dowel that would serve as the handle.
I suspended the whole thing from a screw in the end of the handle and spray painted it black. The foam took several coats as it partially absorbed the first coat.
The final touch was to dust the tips of the spikes with silver spray paint. From four feet away it was very convincing. Best of all, it was completely safe: you could actually walk around bopping people with it.
17. This photo of a fencing match was taken by Keryn Grohs for the Trinity Tripod. The man making the attack was our team captain Don Defabio, a superb sabre fencer. He was amazingly quick. Probably still is.