I'm looking for ideas or existing examples of sound designing grace and elegance in motion. Exacting, fluid movements that can also be sharp and deadly. Without giving too much away (NDAs and all) the scene is of a lethal dance of sorts. One of the "dancers" is very dainty, graceful, and dressed in fine robes. She epitomizes poise in an almost magical way.
My first inclination was to foley a bolt of silk, flowing ripples, whooshes, flaps, impacts, etc. But the director implicitly said he wants to avoid precisely that. So I have a few other thoughts to try and differentiate between the "dancers"(contrasting frequency ranges, delayed vs verbed sounds and a couple other experiments I want to try out), but was hoping someone out here might have a clue as to what I'm trying to get at and maybe could nudge me in the right direction.