In class, we had the opportunity to speak with the dancers, rehearsal directors and choreographers of the Winter Gala Dance Concert. Such a rare privilege to hear from the artists performing in, shaping, and creating these pieces. The dances we heard from were in the following order:
AM Class - Esplanade; Swan Lake; HAUNT; Threshold; Harbor; Falling Table
PM Class - HAUNT; Threshold; Falling Table; Friday After 5; Esplanade; Harbor; Swan Lake
Answer one or more of the following questions.
1. As discussed in length within class, the choreographer for many of these works came in and created these dances, either collaboratively with the dancers or on their own. The rehearsal director then takes the ideas after the choreographer leaves and "cleans" or refines the dance to ready the performers for performance. Based on your understanding of the role of a choreographer and the role of a rehearsal director, which do you see to be a more challenging position? Why?
2. What did you hear in class that surprised you the most? Why was this surprising?
3. Many contemporary and modern dance forms use "pedestrian movements" or movements we all do every day as part of their dance vocabulary. Name one of the dances you saw in class and what pedestrian movements did you notice? How were they used? How did they further the concept of the dance?
4. As you heard, dance content can be anything from the choreographer's inner thoughts and emotions, observations in the world, to a statement piece, and so much more. Which concept interests you the most? Why?
5. As mentioned in class, dance is a form of communication. How do you see the dancers communicating with each other? How do they communicate with the audience?
This post is open for comments to Group A (Last names A-D). For the blog post about the Concert in performance, which is open to everyone, go back to the homepage and select "Winter Gala Dance Concert". - Melissa Sparks
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