The Diabolical Machine

Set:2 couple radial, sideways on.
Music:Bedlam Boys. The music for the chorus has an extra two beats in the first phrase, making it 18 beats long in total. Actually, in the song it comes from it usually has only one extra beat but that's too weird even for us.
Trivia:"Diabolical Machine" is a card in Magic: The Gathering whose name the author of the dance liked; various of the figures of the dance resemble cogs/governor balls/pistons etc, with sufficient imagination...

Start off the stage / in the audience in two lines, facing the centre:
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Lead on
1-42 dances on into place (see below).
5-81 dances on.
9-123 dances on.
13-164 dances on.
The set should now be in a line, facing to the sides in alternate directions:
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Chorus
1-2Stand still.
3-4Stamp step in place.
5-6Drop step.
7-8Single step on the spot.
9-10Turn 360 degrees clockwise (to the right) on the spot.
11-12Beats 11-16 are a half hey for 4, rotating clockwise halfway at the same time, and therefore finishing back in place.
Start by changing places at the ends, passing right shoulders, and forming a new line on the diagonal.
This bit is quite fast for 1 and 3.
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13-14Continue the hey, middles switching passing left shoulders, and ends (1 and 3) moving round the outside a little to form a horizontal line.
This bit is quite slow for 1 and 3 this time.
    3 2 4 1
13-14Continue, changing places right shoulders at each end, to form a diagonal line.
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15-16Finish the hey, middles passing left shoulders and finishing in starting places.
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Figure 1:Cogwheels (Elbows)
The phrasing of this figure is a lot like the last figure of Darga's Grandson, and the important thing is to show off nice straight lines on the different axes.
1Partners right arm turn halfway.
2Form line of 4, middles taking left arm hold as well.
3Ends chase one quarter round the outside.
Middles left arm turn three quarters to meet them.
4Form a new line of 4 on the other axis, middles taking right hold with their partner.
    3 4 2 1
5-16Repeat three more times to get home.
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Chorus
 
Figure 2:Governor Balls (Stomachs)
1-4Saluting stomach turn right once and a half.
You need to start moving immediately – don't wait until you've saluted.
5-8Middles saluting stomach turn left once and a half while ends chase round the outside of the set halfway to meet their partner again.
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9-16Repeat from new positions to get back home.
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Chorus
 
Figure 3:Series Linkage (Pull By Up & Down)
Top Tip: "Ends left, Middles right".
1-2Half stomach turn to wrist hold with your partner to face along the line.
3-8Pull by right with your partner.
Ends loop round to the left, pass one another left shoulder and end up in the middle of a line across; middles pass one another right shoulder, loop round to the right, and end on the ends of the line of 4 across.
    1 4 2 3
9-16Repeat from new positions on new axis.
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Chorus
 
Figure 4:Parallel Linkage (Pull By Across)
1-2Quarter stomach turn to wrist hold with your partner to face across the set (other way from the previous figure).
3-8Pull by right with your partner out dance out to the sides, then cast away from the person beside you, loop round to the nearer end to meet your partner, and come in facing up and down in a square.
      2 1
      3 4
9-16Repeat 1-8 with someone else on the other axis, but with a half stomach turn to start.
Finish right shoulder to right shoulder with your partner back in line.
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Chorus
 
Figure 5:Schiehallion Reel
1-4Everyone pass right shoulders with the person you're facing.
Ends bend to the right one quarter, effectively passing each other left shoulder, lead out on the next axis and loop over their right shoulder to face back in.
Middles loop over their right shoulder to face back in, then bend to the right one quarter to face their partner again in the middle of a line on the new axis.
    2 1 3 4
5-16Repeat three more times to get home.
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Chorus
Finish with a hoy, facing in alternate directions as normal.
 


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