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Ghost Dances - Christopher Bruce.

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Ghost Dances- Christopher Bruce Annie Davies 10c/v Dance GSCE Who is Christopher Bruce? He was born in Leicester in 1946 and began dancing to strengthen his legs after contracting polio as a child. He went on to become one of the great male dancers of the post-war era, and subsequently one of Britain's most important and popular choreographers, renowned for his ability to create emotionally-driven works which bridge the gap between classical and contemporary dance. My task was to watch a dance piece from Christopher Bruce's ghost dances and take ideas and make a group dance up. We were put into groups of 3 or 4 and brought together some basic ideas. Flowing Pirouettes Graceful yet contemporary Spins Solo pieces But together Ballet influenced Lifts Pointed or flexed feet strong movements We thought of a few basic things, which came from watching the pieces of the performance we had to use and take ideas from. We put them into a spider diagram like the one above. ...read more.


"Dynamics - the quality of movement - is central to all dance creation and performance." We also needed to show the relationship and interact each other in the course of the dance piece Even if the dancers are working independently in solo. What they do relates in some way to the rest of the dancers on the stage. We tried to put the devise unison into the dance; all the dancers work together, all doing the same thing at the same time. This is the sort of relationship, which we all naturally fell into, even though it is not always appropriate. The piece that was set we all did in unison; I thought that it is a very affective. We also used different levels, when some were on the floor and then some bent then some one else was stood tall. As I have a disco dancing background I have got used to using a different variation of levels, so I gave the advise of what we could put in like high movements (reaching upwards or leaping or jumping), low (crouched, sitting or lying) ...read more.


I found it very hard to work together in my group, I am used to lots of ideas flowing up and down, and no one was throwing any. So naturally I took the lead of just choreographing a routine myself and teaching the rest of the group it, but that that is not what the task was. The task was to work as a team and put in equally into the routine. I found it hard not having any ideas from anyone; I did understand though that the members of my group had not been taught at a dance school or took any dance lessons. So I informed the teacher and it did sort things out for a few lessons, then it re-occurred so I decided just to get on with it, and improve on what I was doing. I think also that it was that I was not in my friendship circle and had to get used to new people I was working with. But in the end we did work our routine out ok. ...read more.

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