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Swansong-Christopher Bruce. The chair is the only constant prop in the performance, and it is used in many ways. Firstly and most obviously it is used as a chair, in the introduction the victim is sitting on the chair and the interrogators use this to tra

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Introduction

October 21st 2007. Swansong-Christopher Bruce. The chair is the only constant prop in the performance, and it is used in many ways. Firstly and most obviously it is used as a chair, in the introduction the victim is sitting on the chair and the interrogators use this to trap him in between them. By the 1st section the interrogators have pulled the victim off the chair, the chair is then used to balance the victim's weight suggesting that they are keeping the victim from being free. The chair starts to become used as a shield for the victim- this shows us that the victim is starting to see the chair as some form of protection or safety net for him. This idea is developed majorly in section 2 of the performance. ...read more.

Middle

The chair becomes a burden to the victim in section 5 we know this because he lifts the chair onto his back as though carrying a great weight, he uses the back of the chair as bars of a prison cell, he stands on it to look at the light closer to become closer to freedom then crumples in frustration and the solo ends with his ankles trapped in the bars of the chair. In the piece there is not much use of other props, however there is some. In section two we see two vital uses of props, one is the red nose that is placed on the victims nose during interrogation this is used to humiliate the victim and an attempt at making him crack under the humiliation. The second is the use of baseball caps used by the interrogators. ...read more.

Conclusion

In section 5 on the piece the victim stands on the chair, looking up at the direction of the light clearly longing to follow and find it, He then follows the light which represents freedom but also the uncertainty of what lies ahead for him. In section 7 the victim is dead, he walks naturally toward the light, he seems happy and content that he is finally free. There are several dance styles used throughout the piece ranging from contemporary to vaudeville. The mixture of these styles creates the confused and almost surreal situation the victim is placed in, and in combining the styles of vaudeville, ballet and contemporary he has opened the piece up to more people, and broadened the target audience. Contemporary style is used to move one movement onto the next, whereas the classical style is a lot stiffer and used more to show the longing of freedom. ...read more.

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