Presentation on theme: "Swan lake, Rush, Ghost dances, Still Life and Swansong."— Presentation transcript:
1 Swan lake, Rush, Ghost dances, Still Life and Swansong. G.C.S.E DanceSet works – BirdsongSwan lake, Rush, Ghost dances, Still Life and Swansong.
2 The dance space Obstructions: Is there anything on the floor that shouldn’t be there? (Water, paper, litter, etc.)Is there anything around the side of the room that could be a problem?Nature and placement of set design and props:LightingSceneryProps for dancing.Temperature:Ideal is between 18° and 24°C.It is important to wear layers so the dancer can add or take away as needed.Floor:Ideal is sprung floor which is clean and non-slip.
4 Repetition Climax Contrast Contrast Variation Development Choreographic DevicesRepetitionClimaxContrastContrastVariationDevelopment
5 MotifsWhat is a MOTIF?From the stimulus the choreographer creates the movement ideas, from this motifs are formed.A motif is a short phrase of movements which embodies the style, content and IDEA of the dance. It must show an intentional connection to the dance.
6 Personal Safety Correct Clothing/footwear Removal of Jewellery Check space is clear of obstructionsFull warm up is complete and cool down at the end of the class.Tie long hair upNo spillages on floorCorrect temperature
7 MusicalityFocus and ProjectionStyleCommunication of IdeaPerformance skills
9 Why warm up? Injury prevention get blood and O2 to muscles increases flexibilitymental preparationpractice technique
10 Changes to the body after a warm up Sweating CV level increased.Heart beats faster.Breathing is increased.Muscle tissue is warmed.Blood has O2 in it.
11 ACCOMPANIMENT FOR DANCE The accompaniment for a dance is the music or sounds that the audience hear when seeing the movement.There are different types of accompaniment for dance with music being just one…Types of accompaniment are: -MusicSound - found & natural soundSilenceVoice, words, poetry
12 TYPES OF COSTUME DESIGN Costume is an important aspect of a dance as it can help communicate the dance idea and be used in many different ways.There are a number of different types of costume designs that are used for dance.Realistic/Everyday WearDance WearAbstractCharacter
13 Birdsong8 dancers structure – started from middle and worked outwards - ripple effectPied Butcher Bird Siobhan DaviesCostume – Genevive BennettSound Score – Andy PinkIn the Round Audience – close proximity16 sections various electronic sounds usedExperimenting with relationships to music
14 Sections of BirdsongSection 9: Bird Song SoloSection starts when Henri kneels down and the trails disappear.Sound: Australian Pied Butcher Bird.One loud bird and other smaller ones in the background.Action: use of fingers/3rd position/elbow gestureMovement in the chest portrays how the sound is created by the bird.Ideas: How is the song created? How do you breathe? What parts of the body do you use to breathe?How does the bird move? – Rapidly/violentlyHow do birds take off? – one minute they are sat next they are air borne – Sudden movement.Thorax work, pulsating, arm extensionsGoes back to beginning position, repeats movement to a new direction.Ends with a dancer entering the space and a contact relationship.
15 Gill Clarke Solo 2Moving into the blue lightSofter and calmer than Solo 1Picking at the air – key movementSnake 2All 8 dancersMore leaders, more than 1 line that changes.Running, walking and movements added into the following and leading device.Builds in energy
16 Four Corners 2The snow angels duet now has contactFragmented parts of infinite monkeys is added.Similar to Four corners 1Moves fluidly into end section.End SoloOthers remain on stage as solo beginsBig fluid gesturesVery ‘dancey’ phrasesDuet is slow and strongSolo is free and fluid.Solo moves around space, duet remains on the spot.
17 Types of set design are… Physical SettingTypes of set design are…CycloramaRealisticSite SpecificAbstract
18 Lighting Lighting is an important aspect of every dance. It can enhance the dance idea by helping to communicate mood and atmosphere.Lighting can also generate a variety of effects which we will discuss in more detail.Different effects used are… a wash of light, spot lights and a corridor of light.
19 Simple setting: Davies wants the audience to focus on the movement. Birdsong Set DesignSimple setting: Davies wants the audience to focus on the movement.Set ‘in the round’Audience are in close proximityDancers have to enter and exit through to one of the corners.Audience members all get a different perspective depending on where they sit as there is no particular front.
20 Birdsong Cont: Lighting: Lighting: Adrian Plaut Video projection creates many lighting effects:Video projection from aboveSide lights and lights above are usedThe floor can be lit from above by a suspended a projectorDue to the overhead projection the dancers faces are shadowed and their outlines become unclear. To balance this lights were set above the audience.The contribution of the lighting allows you to:Notice the pattern or design of the dancers in the spaceNotice the lighting effectsNotice the relationship between the dancers and lighting
21 The camera plays an important part in this piece. Close upsAnglesInteraction with the dancersTop shotPanning in and out of the actionMoving with the dancersUsing camera shots will change the way the viewer sees it compared to the person who sees it live, as a viewer seeing it live won’t see all the birds eye camera shots.
22 Still Life at the Penguin Café: Realistic set design to look like a café. Setting – Proscenium arch, Lighting suits characters and time of day or mood.Use of props.Rush: Simple set design, sparse box, dance has one front performed to an audience sat on one side.No props.Lighting design is various blues and white, ovals are projected on the floor as are lanes of light that the dancers move in and out of.Swansong: Simple set design, 1 light in top right corner of the stage. Performed in a proscenium arch.Many props are used: chair which is constantly included as part of the set design.Cigarette, red nose and canesLighting shows the atmosphere and mood of the theme which is interrogation. The overall lighting gets dimmer as the prisoners strength fades and the light in the window gets brighter possibly communicating the idea of heaven as he becomes closer to death.
23 How set design helps to communicate themes to audience. Can help to tell a story: Swan LakeHighlights certain body partsCreates shadows using sidelights.Spotlights to highlight specific characters.Can show time of dayCan help the audience to picture a particular environment.
24 Swan Lake – Matthew Bourne (1995) Costume – Lez BrotherstonBlack paint on hair to form a beak like triangle tuftWhite pale body paint onskin to create etherealfeel.Arms are bare and free ofcostume – showing off theboisterous, clumsy andflapping wings of theyoung swans.Creates a strong body design on top half contrasted with softand flowing lower half – reflects Swans nature gentle and softyet possible unpredictable and harsh.White feathery shorts to represent the animalistic quality.
25 Ghost Dances –Christopher Bruce (1981)Costume – Belinda ScarlettGhosts: Figures of death.Dehumanised skeletal creaturesSkull masksMatted hairNear naked bodies painted withwater based make up to outline muscle groups and emphasise bone structure.Townsfolk: Flowing dresses, suits and shirts and trousers to shoe class of people. All clothes are ripped to show the struggle through life and into death.
26 Set Study Control in the torso and centre (eg bars 1 and 2) Ability to occupy space confidently (gallop, bars 4 and 15)Finding power to rise out of floor work (bars 8 and 14)Confident ownership of free sectionAbility to shift accurately from parallel to 1st position.Commitment to the energy of the performance through successful interpretation of the Varying dynamics.Ability to perform stillness whilst maintaining a sense of dynamic engagement. (ending position)
27 Useful Essay Words Like Similar to Also Unlike, Similarly In the same wayLikewiseAgainCompared toIn contrastIn like mannerContrasted withOn the contraryHoweverAlthoughYetEven thoughStillButNeverthelessConverselyAt the same timeRegardlessDespiteWhileOn the one handOn the other hand
28 Points to rememberAlways read the question and make sure you have actually answered what it asks, look at and highlight KEY words. For example describe the dynamicsName 4 works and there choreographers in the essayAlways give an extra answer compared to how many marks the question is worth.Fully explain your answers