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Using examples from your own practical work, discuss the links between the art forms All three art forms are very similar, music, drama and dance. Between these three art forms there are many links; the similarities being uses of canon, motifs, unison, rhythm, dynamics, space and dialogue. However there are differences between the art forms but they work together to enhance the theatrical and musical effect; these being the use of tension, pace and dynamics. This essay will be referring to my own practical work. The first drama lesson was focused on Greek Chorus. The way a group works together to become one body to narrate a story is very important, so we took a passage from the play OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles and physicalised phrases within the text in small groups. "Then we beheld the woman hanging there, A running noose entwined about her neck. But when he saw her, with a maddened roar He loosed the cord; and when her wretched corpse Lay stretched on earth, what followed-O 'twas dread! We stood in a semi-circle and the person speaking stood in the centre of the formation and spoke one line whilst the outer people acted out parts of the line, e.g. on the line Then we beheld the woman hanging there, the outside formation pretended to be dead and hanging by letting their head flop backwards while the rest of their body was loose and floppy. ...read more.


Adding layers to the dance was similar to adding layers in a song, bit by bit fitting it round the existing piece creating an enhanced outcome. Slavery of the African American people occurred from 1619 - 1895. Rural slaves used to stay after the regular worship services, in churches or in plantation "praise houses", for singing and dancing. But, slaveholders did not allow dancing and playing drums, as usual in Africa. They also had meetings at secret places ("camp meetings", "bush meetings"), because they needed to meet one another and share their joys, pains and hopes. In rural meetings, thousands of slaves were gathered together and they listened to travelling preachers, and sang spirituals, for hours. The song WADE IN THE WATER, according to many internet sources and popular books, claim that spirituals such as this contained plain instructions to fugitive slaves on how to avoid capture and the route to take to successfully make their way to freedom. This particular song allegedly recommends leaving dry land and taking to the water as a strategy to throw pursuing bloodhounds off the slaves' trail. Wade in the water. Wade in the water, children. Wade in the water. God's gonna trouble the water. Over the past few weeks, we have been singing a variety of spirituals and have been looking at the features of them, such as call and response and syncopation. ...read more.


it's my handle ... under the soft - it's spiky, under the pillow it's sharp ... concealed instrument ... offensive weapon lies waiting. MIKE: Oh, he doth bestride Commercial Road like a Colossus ... that's my manor ... where we two first set our minces on each other ... and those Irish yobs walk under our huge legs and peep about for dishonourable bother ... he's my mucker, china or mate. The links between this piece of work and the other art forms are that the words were spoken rhythmically like a song, e.g. its sharp was spoken staccato to accentuate the words. Music was added for effect and to add more tension to the piece along with changes in levels and speed of both movements and words spoken. In the mime piece, the actions were 'choreographed' to a rhythm of eight bar phrases like a dance which helped create a further feel of heightened physicality. All three art forms are very similar, music, drama and dance. Between these three art forms there are many links; both similarities and differences - the differences working together to enhance the theatrical and musical effects. Using my own practical work as examples, I can see that the different art forms can be used within each other to create tension, or just to enhance it along with pace and dynamics. ?? ?? ?? ?? AS Performance Studies Laura Canning 304 Words: 1,335 ...read more.

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