KSU DAN 27076 - The Choreographer, Dancer, and Audience

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4 February 2014The Choreographer, Dancer, and AudienceChoreographer- An artist- Creates artwork through the medium of movement- Individuals who utilizes the medium of movement to create/express- Form of communication- Tell about something- Simply movement for movement’s sakeThe Creative Process- Speaking through movement- An interpretation will always be made by the viewers- Requires discipline and focus- There is no formula- Choreographers tend to develop individual approach- Every choreographer must consider the same basic elementso Space (how the movements take up the stage)o Timeo Energy (how is the dancer performing the movements)- Musicality - On the spot- Planned movement- Chance Collaboratively with the dancers- ImprovisationChoreographic Elements of DanceSpace- Shape and line- Level- Direction- Focus- Points in space- Stage directions- Floor pattern- Depth/widthTime- Tempo (speed)- Pulse (underlying beat)- Phrasing (rhythmic pattern)- Meter (time signature)4 February 2014- Felt time (no counts)- Breath phrasing- Stillness- Sounds/words/silenceEnergy- The force behind the movement- The capacity to overcome gravity, resistance- Tells us what the dancer is feeling- Affects how we feelMovement Composition- Movement Phraseo Collection of movements that work together to make a definitive statement (i.e., a sentence)o Clear beginning, middle, and end- Transitionso Link movement phrases together so that definitive statements become larger wholeo Determines the feel of the pieceAdditional Elements- Music (time, energy)- Costume (space)- Props (space)- Set (space)- Light (space, energy)- Multi-media (space, time, and energy)The Choreographer’s Eye (in class video)- Every person was in their own square at the beginning - Didn’t always dance with the music- Point of stillnessThe DancerTraining Options- Pre-professional and professional - Academic - Other - *See Outline for detailed information4 February 2014The Training Process- Requires discipline and focus- Principles are universal- Approach varies- Supplemental training is usually necessary- Health concerns (see Outline 6 for more information)The Rehearsal Process- Choreographer expects dancer to:o Be readyo Give 100%o Educate themselveso Retain the danceo Improve between rehearsalso Carry it all forward, and then some, to the performanceLauren Anderson- A day in the life of a prima ballerina with the Houston Ballet…o Getting there (at age 7)o Performance (to contain energy)o Class/rehearsal (has to transform herself)o Personal The Audience- A consumer of dance- Individual of group of individuals who participate in dance through witnessing and responding to performanceViewer Perspectives- What affects the audience experience?o Reason for attendingo Expectationso State of mind/Feelingso Preparation for the performanceo Personal experience in dance style/subject matter- Appreciationo Acknowledgement of the performanceo Further recognition of the value of the performanceAdditional Participants- Composer/Musician4 February 2014- Costume designer- Set designer/Visual artist- Lighting designer- Multi-media artist- Still

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