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AS Significance of Dances

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Sian Edwards

on 11 November 2013

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The Significance of Dances...
This includes the different aspects that you can hear in a performance and the relationships they hold

Accompaniment
Musical Relationships
Audible sounds of the dancer
This includes various aspect of what you can actually see in a dance performance...

Set design
Lighting design
Costume Design
Aural Setting
What We Hear...
Physical Setting
What We See...
Soda Lake By Richard Alston

The starting point for this dance is an abstract sculpture of a dried up lake in the Nevada dessert. Who is this piece of art by?
We are interested in the following aspects of the piece...
SET DESIGN - where is the performance set? what is in the space? why have these been chosen? how does it relate to the staring point? what benefits are there to the set design?
COSTUME DESIGN - what is the dancer wearing? what are the colours and fabric? why might these have been chosen? what benefits are there to the costume design?
ACCOMPANIMENT - what can you hear? why has that been chosen? what are the difficulties with it? what are the benefits?
Cross Channel By Lea Anderson, 1991.

The starting point for this dance are images from the early 20th century of men and women enjoying themselves at the seaside. However, it also uses the relationship between men and women in this time and a daily diary written by someone of this time.
Therefore, it uses a biography as one of it's stimuli.
SET DESIGN - where is the performance set? what is in the space? why have these been chosen? how does it relate to the staring point? what benefits are there to the set design?
COSTUME DESIGN - consider the following for these sections
The opening
The beach

what are the dancers wearing? what are the colours and fabric? why might these have been chosen? what benefits are there to the costume design? What difficulties are there to this costume?
Use of the black dance wear means that at the times when the dancer interacts with the sculpture he almost becomes part of it.
For example, at one point he stands side on to the vertical pole in the sculpture, then wraps his arm carefully around the pole witout touching it. He then lowers his body slowly through bending his knees.
Still Life at the Penguin Cafe, by David Bintley, 1988

SLATPC has several starting points. The main theme throughout is animals, societies and cultures that are at risk of becoming extinct. However, the music is from the Penguin Cafe Orchestra (http://www.penguincafe.com/) and many of the design elements came from their album covers...
A paragraph describing the senseless destruction, by two Icelandic fishermen, of the last mating pair of
Great Auks and their single egg.
All pulled together with the idea of Noah's Ark and the great flood.
Set design

Still Life uses two different types of set design. What are they and why? What do they show? How are they used effectively?
Think about backdrops, describe the back drops for the following sections
the Great Auk Penguin
the Texan Kangaroo Rat
the Southern Caped Zebra
Musical Reltionships

There is an example of where the character of one of the animals is enhanced by a given sound at a given point. What is this? Describe the example in detail...
Costume Design

What type of costume design is used? How can it be described? What is specific about these particular costumes and what implications does that have? What advantages are there? What disadvantages are there?

Describe the costume for
the Great Auk Penguin
the Texan Kanagroo Rat
Accompaniment

SLATPC uses a number of different types of accompaniment... What are these? How would you describe them? Why do you think DB decided to do this?
Music -
Natural Sound -
Voice -
Wyoming By Siobhan Davies, 1988
Starting Points... What inspired Siobhan Davies?

Travelled to America (1970's)
What she saw and read inspired the piece

Distant Horizons
Wild West
Set design....
What environment is the dance performed in?
What is round the edges and what do they represent?
What is on the floor and what does that represent?
How do all of these relate to the starting point?
Wyoming was created for film
2 key features of the film work
Spaciousness – impression of unbounded space, Section 1 - was shot in one take, use of mobile camera work – impression of limitless space
Film techniques used
Overlays, mobile camera work, cuts, framing
Aural Setting - Sound ‘environment’ – as opposed to accompaniment

Each solo has a distinct sound accompaniment - Jet plane, rock hitting wood, chime, spinning saucepan lid – then manipulated the sound recordings on a computer
One exception – Lauren Potter’s solo, guitar accompaniment, clear rhythms and phrasing (human touch)
First Duet – sound fades to silence, use of spoken text
Ensemble dance & trio – overlayed sounds from each of the solo's
Final duet – use of voiceover, as the duet ends the environmental sounds take over again
What do you hear?
What does it sound like?
Direct correlation - solos
Music visualisation – “…he came to my house… my silence turned him away like a rolling wave”
Lighting design...
Colours?
What does it suggest?
Does it create a mood or atmosphere?
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