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Describe and evaluate your rehearsal process

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Describe and evaluate your rehearsal process As we rehearsed our performance we realised that certain sections in our piece didn't work with others which resulted in our performance not capturing the audience's attention as much as we would like. To resolve this problem we went over and talked about our piece highlighting the sections we thought were causing the problem. The scenes which we thought caused the problem were as follows: The opening scene which was the tour guide as this beginning wasn't very dramatic which we thought wouldn't create much interest. We felt it is better to have a powerful opening as it grabs the attention from the audience which makes them more excited about what is going to follow in the performance. Following the tour guide the next thing that we thought we could improve on was the first dance. This consisted mainly of ballet moves which didn't help us with what we wanted to show the audience. We decided to choreograph a more contempory dance as there would be more symbolism within it which we hoped the audience would pick up on easier than the original dance also contemporary dance is quite original with its moves so the audience may find this more interesting to watch as it's quite a change from commonly known dances. We were going to use this dance as the opening scene so wanted to make it dramatic and exciting for the audience. ...read more.

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We thought it would work better if we restructured the rest of our piece. Our group really liked the poem so we decided to keep it but only use the last verse as this seemed more relevant to our storyline but we didn't want to use the poem yet in our performance. We thought that if we brought some drama in now it would break our piece up so far from such an abstract beginning. The original freeze frames we concluded were quite dull as we did it to a silent background and we didn't link each one to flow into one another. We decided to change some of the freeze frames and the order which we hoped would work better. To add some depth to them we added ticking of clocks in the background which represented that the freeze frames were in the past. To link the freeze frames together we used abstract flowing movements of our arms which were like each scene was being fast forwarded in time. Each freeze frame showed the relationships between the different characters so the audience could understand the character situation at home. The freeze frames we used were: o Baby just been born o Teaching the child to read o The child playing with her friends o Argument between the parents and child In the last freeze frame the daughter wants to give her up piano lessons but her parents don't want her to, the scene ends with the daughter shouting 'just drop dead' to her parents who then both fall to the floor in slow motion. ...read more.

Conclusion

We then move the audience downstairs where the mood is lightened when we do another dance. The dance symbolizes how the family want to be. It shows them being happy with their daughter at the beginning. We used paths of energy which was inspired to us from Siobhan Davis. During the dance the parents do break away from the daughter which shows that they are trying to face up to reality. In contrast with the happy dance movements we chose quite a powerful piece of music which suggests that they are not really happy but are desperately trying to be. We chose to have a dramatic ending just like the beginning of our performance. We wanted the audience to keep thinking about our performance after it had finished. We decided to use the idea of shadows as they give a sense of mystery and suspense to the story. We chose a darkened stairway to do this. We cast a shadow from upstairs onto the wall by the stairs. Standing on the stairs was the daughter just as the parents pass the child she puts her hand on her mothers shoulder who then starts coughing the parents shadow is then cast onto the wall for the audience to see. The mother then falls to the floor and dies. We thought this ending brought the story back to our hidden message as the father has now lost both the people he loves. ...read more.

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