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Knickerbocker Glory

A character study of the Knickerbocker Glory from Matthew Bourne's 'The Nutcracker'
by

Sarah Tanner

on 26 March 2013

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Transcript of Knickerbocker Glory

Knickerbocker Glory The music is based on the original piece
from Tchaikovsky classic which has influences of Arabian styled accompaniment. Thank you for watching! (: By Joss and Sarah Action Extending one leg forward he transfers the weight onto the leading foot whilst pliéing both legs.
This repeats as if creeping forward slowly with a sustained dynamic.
The same arm as the extending leg abducts away from the body with a bound dynamic. Space Knickerbocker Glory enters on to the stage from the left side puffing smoke from the prop of a cigarette.
He walks slyly to the center of the stage where he performs his motif and stays here for all of his solo. His solo consists of linear pathways across the center of the space. Action He uses the prop of a cigarette which is slowly taken towards his mouth with his right hand and abducted away from the body to the side with an extended arm - a sustained dynamic is present.

The weight is taken on the right leg
whilst the left leg is pointed and
extended towards the side. Joss Essery and Sarah Tanner Action He thrusts his hips in a circular motion with a sustained dynamic, this emphasises Clara's enticement towards his character and the flirtatious nature of the Knickerbocker Glory. This is developed to floor level when he is in press-up position and also when he is waiting with Clara. When he performs a duet and contact work with Clara, they dance upstage by the entrance to 'Sweetie Land'. They dance in direct linear pathways, to the side and also backwards. Matthew Bourne choreographed this to present the Knickerbocker Glory as tempting and luring Clara towards ‘Sweetie Land as he has a ticket for her. Clara refuses the ticket, so Knickerbocker glory exits from the stage on the left side with a puff of the cigarette. Music It is slow with a hypnotic quality - the use of one sustained note followed by a single of several quick notes aids this feeling of hypnosis. The fluid quality of the movement compliments
the music and emphasizes the hypnotic power
the Knickerbocker glory has over Clara. Costume The moustache enhances
the seedy quality of the Knickerbocker Glory The hat represents the whipped cream on top of the ice cream called the Knickerbocker Glory. The jacket is candy striped which resembles the main body of the ice cream that consists of fruit, ice cream and jelly. The pink has connotations of passion and playfulness which reflects the character of the Knickerbocker Glory. He wears black trousers which resemble the bottom of the sundae glass and are fitted to enhance the fluidity of this movement.
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