• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Dance - the use of improvisation.

Extracts from this document...


Dance By the use of improvisation, rehearsal and performance we compiled a number of sequences, which essentially led to a structure of a dance. The work reflected the knowledge and understanding of the purpose of performance that we had acquired of the genre of contact improvisation. Steve Paxton was the founder of contact improvisation he saw potential of fusing together athletics, gymnastics, martial arts and movement. The focus is on the physical sensations of touching, supporting, leaning, falling and counterbalancing as if bodies are conversing. We used this style in order to convey that a relationship was occurring. The stimulus for our piece was a section of dance performed by V-tol called 'Where angels feared to tread'. The balcony section has 3 cubicles in it where a physical conversation takes place in each one. It shows the use of the restrictions of space to add tension and climax to the dance within the individual cubicles. ...read more.


The piece began with a significant link to drama; we did this through the use of dialogue. This dialogue added to the build up of tension in the opening scenes. As the layers of dialogue were built up and the noise became louder the tension increased until it was released as a climax when the groups dispersed to perform the trios and duets .The accompaniment "WOOZY" highlighted the dialogue due to the use of words throughout it, it also increased the intensity of the discussions. As the music is faded in it eventually drowns out the spoken dialogue of the performers and a physical conversation rather than a verbal one begins. One particular trio was louder and more aggressive then other groups. They broke down barriers and kinespheres of other performers through the loudness of their movements and the intensity of their sequence of dance. ...read more.


The men are resembled as the weaker sex and are bewildered by the departure of the women. To show their dependence they perform a sequence of motifs containing slow movements, which are often performed towards the floor. The women then encircle the men again and move further away this time before they turn out symbolising the vacuum between the sexes and also making sure that the audience could see all the performers. It was clear by the feed back given by the audience that they had understood the performances, the intention of the devised piece and they commented on the clarity of the movements, which made it easy to understand the story line .The audience also commented on our use of eye contact they said it made it easier to distinguish between the roles of the performers. It was reassuring to hear that our initial intentions and overall aim of the group piece had been a success and through this we learnt that through confidence, experience and trust physical barriers can be broken down. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Theatre Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Theatre Studies essays

  1. Performing arts skills

    that in performances which are in front of an audience I automatically do this. This is a very important aim for me because I want every performance I do makes the audience feel like they are part of it. Secondly I need to become more organised especially with papers and

  2. Kushners' "Angels in America" Anaylsis

    way his life is falling apart however, towards the end of Part 2 (Millennium Approaching), strange things occur to Prior and he gradually begins to grasp reality and take charge of his life. When the ceiling in his apartment opens up before the angel appears and he hears the wings

  1. Shirley valentine use of language

    With text which carry sexual innuendos it can often be difficult to ignore the humor and carry on as if it were natural, but this process allows us to inhabit the language, through these techniques we can root the language in our breath, and this establishment is essential for us

  2. Personal statement

    By taking this wide range of subject I have been able to home in what I'm most passionate for. I have always enjoyed learning about business, but the same can be said for science and maths.

  1. job opportunities in performing arts

    things like the best time to release their album or single * Listening to new performers and deciding if they have the right sound for their organisation. In the larger companies, the promotions managers may specialise in a certain area of work, for example marketing.

  2. Improving dance performance through an awareness of the effects and implications of an audience

    Positioning: If each dancer has a specific position then the audience can infer that a lot of time has been put into the dance and as a result the dance may be of a higher quality. A beginning and end position is very important as the audience will then know when the dance is starting and finishing.

  1. GCSE Performing Arts Dance: Extended Programme Notes - Title of Dance: Extremes of ...

    The dynamics of the first part of the dance are quite calm and slow as the music is quite classical so slow, light movements are essential for this part of the dance. The floor patterning in this section is mainly facing the front but in one section of this part

  2. What is feminism?

    However she did not start straight away by writing plays, as this was a transition from the radio plays she wrote for the BBC and also other shorter plays and scenes where she starting to explore a bit more on different aspects of drama that freed her from the stage "limitations".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work