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Dance Commentary- Kandinsky stimulus

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Introduction

´╗┐Dance Commentary To begin the project, we were given a visual stimulus in the form of Composition IV by Wassily Kandinsky; after taking down our initial ideas for development- such as the dividing lines through the painting, and the heavier use of colour on one side that suggested to us that two different forces were taking place in the painting- we considered how these ideas may be transferred into the actions that would make up our dance piece. ...read more.

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We chose to explore this all beyond words by firstly improvising a gestural motif- inspired partly by the work of Lea Anderson as a stylistic model- that could work almost interchangeably, subject to action type (i.e harsh actions such as slapping the floor to suggest ?War?). Something else we wished to incorporate was the idea of using sticks to create our own beat against the music, insinuating war as unnatural but also giving us the convenient freedom to physically express war and dictate our own dynamics. ...read more.

Conclusion

From mapping out our ideas, we discussed how we could use the space imaginatively, i.e splitting the stage to mirror the painting and use the divide as a crossover between the two themes; however, this has not yet been realised. We have used the space to move around in for our ensemble and duets, though, using formations to dance in, travel of different people onto the performance area to add texture and actions such as elevations and falls to utilise the space above and below (showing levels) ...read more.

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