Above are stock photos of the four pieces from the Taylor 2 concert. Please notice that these are not necessarily the dancers you saw Friday night, but rather images to remind you of the dances based upon their costumes, gestures and posture. Please use your program to remind you of the actual dancer's names and the movements within each piece.
Also, use http://www.artsalive.ca/en/dan/understand/appreciate/watchdance.asp as well as this http://www.artsalive.ca/en/dan/make/toolbox/elements.asp as a reference guide for terms to use while describing dance.
Choose at least one question below to answer in full detail.
1. As discussed in class, Paul Taylor frequently uses gesture and posture within his dances. As we know from discussing kneeling, gesture and posture can be interpreted in many ways. Think of a specific gesture or posture position that you saw repeat in the concert. What was it? What meanings can be found behind this gesture or posture, both in your everyday world as well as in the context of the dance performance?
2. As Ruth mentioned in class, Paul Taylor makes subtle commentary on controversial topics such as gender roles, gender identity, sexual orientation, race relations, and more. Choose one of these topics and explore, with detail, how it was discussed in performance?
3. Which was your favorite moment in the concert? What happened in this moment? Why did this moment resonate for you?
4. What gestures or posture did you notice repeat throughout the performance? What images were reflected in those lines?
5. While watching the dances, did a narrative or story come to mind while you observed the dance? Which dance painted this picture and what was the story you envisioned?
6. In 2016, ESPN's Sport Science studied the dancers in the Broadway Musical, the Lion King, and were astounded at the athleticism necessary to perform in this show. You can learn more about it here: https://www.espnfrontrow.com/2016/11/espn-sport-science-takes-disneys-lion-king-lab/ Or you can watch clips of it on youtube. ESPN was amazed at the athleticism of these dancers for example, they ran more and jumped higher in one performance than the top professional basketball players in one game. How did the performance on Friday night demonstrate the athleticism of a dancer? Explain specific movements and how that shows their athletic ability.
7. As seen in the video in class as well as in the program, Pablo Neruda wrote about "The flawed confusion of human beings...worn away as by the labor of hands, impregnated with sweat and smoke, smelling of lilies and of urine, splashed by the labor of what we do, legally or illegally..." Paul Taylor used this flawed confusion and conflicting ideas for inspiration in the final dance, Piazzolla Caldera. How do you see these complexities coming to life in this dance? Describe specific movements and moments and relate it back to the passage in your program or written above.
This post will close next Friday, November 17 at 10pm.