Presentation on theme: "Constituent Features of Dance"— Presentation transcript:
1 Constituent Features of Dance Physical Setting: Costume DesignGCSE Area of Focus 2009Section C: Essay Question
2 Example Essay Question What should be considered when choosing costumes for dance works?You should make reference to Bird Song (Davies) and four other dance works in your answerName each work and the choreographer
3 Approaching the Question Provide a short introduction linking to questionEnsure for each work you correctly name the title of the work and the choreographerGive a short insight into the dance you are discussing to show understanding of the pieceClearly state the point you want to raise but make sure you explain/justify your point giving relevant detail about the costumeWhere possible provide evaluative pointsTake care on the structure of your essay
4 Use Of Costume Possible Points for Discussion Support/create characterAssociate with themeEnhance alignment of movementDefine contrast of groups onstageForm a relationship to the set designEnhance the dancers’ dynamicsLink to the era of the danceEnhance the lighting designLink to a cultural settingDefine genderSuited to dance styleProvide visual clue to narrativeEvoke a particular mood
5 Additional Discussion Points Adds realism/fantasyEnhances flow to movementAdds colour interestIndicates ageAdds humourIndicate time of dayLinks to geographical settingMasks support characterisationSuggests season
6 Works Used for This Essay Bird Song (Siobhan Davies 2004)Still Life at the Penguin Cafe (David Bintley)Stomp Out Loud (Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas)Rooster (Christopher Bruce)Swansong (Christopher Bruce)
7 Bird Song (Siobhan Davies) Costume Designer: Genevieve Bennett 1. Costumes create individualism within group whilst suggesting a sense of unity.Explain this drawing reference to the styles of the costume in this work2. The costumes’ colour and texture enhance and relate to elements of the lighting usedExpand on this giving an example from the danceGive an opinion on either of the points raised in terms of effect/ importance.
9 Still Life at the Penguin Cafe (David Bintley) 1. The costume for this dance helps to enhance the character of each animal which in turn helps the audience to understand the dance ideaExplain the design of some of the costumes e.g. the great auk (penguin) and the texan kangaroo rat – included use of mask2. The costume also adds colour and interest to the dance – making it appealing the audienceEvaluate how effective you think this is
10 Stomp Out Loud (Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas) The costume helps to create reality e.g. everyday clothes/chefs outfit etcThe costume links with theme of the dance and with the other elements (e.g real life lighting/set/accompaniment)Costume is also used to define different sections/themes throughout the piece e.g. kitchen scene very different to basketball sceneEvaluate the effectiveness of either points raised or both?
11 Swansong (Christopher Bruce) The costume for this piece helps to suggest the location e.g. prison guards and prisoner and therefore helps with the story/narrative of this pieceExplain this point by detailing features of the costume that are typical of these rolesSimple costumes allow the dancers to dance freely without worrying about heavy costumes/masks etcEvaluate this taking into account the issue with dancing in jeans
12 Rooster (Christopher Bruce) The costumes of the men and women help to set the dance in an era (swinging sixties)Explain specific elements of the costumes and how this can be linked – women’s mini dresses fashionable. Men’s velvet shirts and matching ties reflect the ‘dandy’ phase that was popular in the 1960s.Reflect the style of the dance (Jazz shoes – help dance the style effectively)Also the costume helps to contribute to the overall atmosphere of the pieceEvaluate the effectiveness of this costume