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1 Choreography: Use of Space
Mapping the Route

2 Air Pathways Describe shapes in space around the body
Leading to definition of body shapes Awareness of the pathway of a gesture Leads to clarity of form Allows the audience to prepare for the final shape that the dancer’s body will assume

3 Floor Pathways The route along which the dancer travels through the general space of the stage When we DRIVE we may need a map to guide us to our destination The dancer moves along a designated path from one point on the stage to another

4 Closed & Open Pathways Both Air & Floor pathways have a beginning point and an end point If we start & finish at the same point (the same place) then the pathways is a CLOSED PATHWAY If we start at one point and finish at a different place from where we began the pathway is a CLOSED PATHWAY Both of these pathways can utilise, high, medium & low levels

5 Air Pathways –Flexible Space
Movements can carve the space around us (curves & twists) Gather space into the body Arms & legs can move “on circle” The space being moved through is rounded and indirect, without easily identified directions

6 Air Pathways –Direct Space
Movements can be spoke like – travelling in straight lines Cutting actions into & out of the centre of the body Straight lines & angles are a direct use of space Space is being cut through in a specific direction

7 Practical bit!! Stand up & make AIR pathways around your body
Keep your feet in one spot & using an imaginary paintbrush draw air pathways around yourself Carve the space then pierce the space Write your name - don’t forget to use high, medium & low levels as individual letters As cursive letters (joined up)

8 Air Pathways - DVD Ch2 L1 Dwight Rhoden works with dancers from North Carolina Dance Theatre Beginning section of VERGE Dancers describe air pathways in space whilst in silhouette All dancers must be very clear on the size & timing of each pathway The dancers stay in one spot and describe the space around them using their arms & torso

9 Floor Pathways To understand floor pathways trace a route from Nottingham to London going via Birmingham Trace the route using STRAIGHT LINES (Motorways) Trace the route going via more scenic routes, (B roads) We can map dances in exactly the same way

10 MAPS - PATHWAYS O X Straight Diagonal Pathway

11 MAPS - PATHWAYS O X O X Straight Diagonal Pathway Zig Zag Pathway

12 MAPS - PATHWAYS X O Curved Pathway

13 MAPS - PATHWAYS X X O O Curved Pathway Straight Pathway

14 Design your own Map for the stage
The hand out is an example of different types of pathways It can be used as a gallery for ideas Air to Floor: Ch2 L1B

15 From Floor to Air Look at your pathways and DRAW the pathway in the air This is your air pathway. Don’t move in the space, keep at least one foot on the ground Simply translate the drawn pathways into body movements by drawing the paths in the air (use your arms, legs, torso, shoulder head etc)

16 Pathway Dance Creating an original AIR to FLOOR pathway dance that includes both kinds of pathways Design an AIR pathway that can translate into full body movement following a predesigned pathway guide Translate the air pathway to the floor using locomotor movements that cover the whole stage space Repeat the air pathway material with variations in timing & direction

17 Groups in Space Watch how Alonzo King uses varied floor patterns for the dancers in this dance from CHANTS In groups of 4, the dancers follow a carefully designed patter in a square formation and along a diagonal Note how the directness of the lines cuts through the space. The dancers move with little runs, big jumps, and turns of all kinds DVD Ch2 L1C

18 Points to consider in Choreography
Chose the actions along the pathway carefully Is it follow the leader or side-by-side? Do you travel forwards, backwards, sideways? Have you changed levels along the pathway? Do you have contact (physical/visual) as you travel? Are you in unison? Is the arrival at the end interesting? How do you lead into each pathway? Is there a clear beginning & end to this short dance?

19 Inspirations for choreography
Look at a painting Choose movement both in the air and on the floor that clearly describes all the different pathways that appear in the painting Because the painting conatins all the l;ines & curves at once, find a way for your dancers to perform the pathways at the same time Dancers may exit & enter at different times Throw a dice to decide who enters/exits/moves first

20 DVD From CHANTS See the stage as if it were a painting
The stage space is painted with the movements of the dancers Watch how each dancer/group enters/exits through the stage space seemingly unaware of each other, but somehow belonging together The scene is reminiscent of a watering hole on the African Savanna in the early morning The dancers enter the dance space with their own dance phrase as if they were animals, a little wary of those around them & eager to leave as soon as a sip of water has been taken

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