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AS and A Level: Theatre Studies
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Lorna, a mother and housewife had lived in the ‘urban jungle’ and had raised a small child, while her friend Nina had spent the last five years in the wild jungles of Borneo, looking after animals. The play started when the two women met up in a café in Lorna’s village. The set at the start of the play was minimalistic with naturalistic props which made it easy to sustain the naturalistic feeling throughout this section of the play. This part presented the ‘civilized’ society of England and the people in it.
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When working on Monologues I was told to research the language and find out what it was saying, and then perform it off by heart. Unfortunately I struggled with this task as I didn?t memorise the script and it therefore weakened my performance as I depended on my words to do the performance instead of facial expressions and movement which feedback showed that I lacked on. However I was told that my interpretation was ?spot on? and this helped my understand even though understanding the play is key, and the language.
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Perculiar entrances and exits out of the larger appliances (i.e. the refrigerator and wardrobe) made cleverly transitioned triggers for memories of the couple's past to come to life (i.e. as the charcter of the elder Bill opens the fridge, the character of the younger Maggie withdraws from the fridge), whilst unseen props such as the rotting hammock and the whithering peach tree symbolised a generating of time. As a consequence of the physical theatre through the dance extracts, and the play being performed in a Proscenium Arch theatre, the performance can substantially be identified as naturalistic with elements of abstraction.
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Bangarra Dance Fish Written Response. Bangarra Dance Theatre is broadly acclaimed within Australia and internationally as portraying the true spirit of its Aboriginal heritage
Stephen Page has choreographed many works including stories of dreamtime, the spirit of the land and animals, as well as more contemporary Aboriginal issues. Productions include Boomerang, Clan, Spirit Bush, Walkout, The Dreaming, Corroboree, Skin, Ochres and Fish. Fish is a story of the earth and the power of the elements relate to culture. Fish ?unborn soul?, Call ?the Poison Fish? and Wash ?Sacred Waters? this work is structured around hard-edge energy originated from David Page?s powerful and strong score and emphasized by Stephen?s severely ground-based movement language.
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Dance Response. The piece that really caught my attention and made a huge impact on me was the MiniEvent of Merce Cunninghams pieces.
I feel like the purpose behind this dance was to pay tribute to Merce Cunningham because of the enormous influence he had on the dance world. Cunningham died last year and this piece feels like it was done to pay tribute to him and help carry on his legacy, especially since his company will disband soon. At first I thought I was going to flat-out hate the piece due to its eccentricity but, the more time that went by, the more I began to understand it and was able to relate it to myself and my music.
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