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Expressive Arts Dance

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The 'Union Dance Company' is called 'Union' because the performers come from around the world. Most of them are fourth generation immigrants which contained a mixture of cultures. This is why cultural diversity is important to them. The Dance styles they use are all fused together and contain a mixture of ballet, Contempory, Jazz, Capoeira, street, Hip Hop, and Breakdance. The dance work 'Dance Tek Warriors' is based on Tekken, robotic movement, isolation, and the idea that we are less human in a technological world. The piece has different styles of Music in different parts. The solo piece I have studied is the first piece from 'Falling from Grace'. This piece contains a lot of twists, crosses, and locks which make you use a lot of robotic movement. The section we performed had the following components: Actions: (What of Dance?) 1. This includes sharp and fluid movements like: * Body ripple when we turned our heads after going on the floor and kicking. * Lunges like when we turn on our knees we lunge into an easy fluid moving shape. 2. We also use crosses and other unusual moves. These are the moving motifs and the moves make us lose humanity as the moves are inhuman. ...read more.

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* Contempory - This style is modern yet it also contains a robotic sort of feel to it. I think this is because the technology today can be used to make any sound possible. The technology has evolved from a time when you could only make a plain piano sound and nowadays you can add an electronic feel to the simple instrumental sound. * Capoeira - This is an African style which despite there being robotic movements still contains the African beats to remind you of the topic. This style is similar to Hip Hop but contains more African beats and probably has more emotion put into the creation of the beats. In their performances, the Union Dance Company use projections of Tekken Warriors in the background to create that feeling of inhuman and robotic movements again. The use Tekken warriors because that is what they based their movements on. The Tekken game contains human features but in robotic form. This robotic form makes them use sharp, but also fluid, movements to move around. The performers use these movements and present them in a choreographed way to show how simple it is to produce a robotic dance which looks amazing. The performers didn't just dance in a gym or dance room they danced in the street as well. ...read more.

Conclusion

I wouldn't use a lot but I would use the ones which make you understand the dance. These moves would be the lock ones. I would use music with an electronic feel to it so that it would work well with the robotic moves. I would choose the music before the dance as I find it easier to choreograph a dance if you have music to choreograph it too. I would change the pace of the dance as the tempo of the music changes. I think that by doing this it adds effect to the piece of work. I would want to make my piece of work as effective as possible so that the audience I would perform it to will understand what I am trying to do. I would use moving image to create a backdrop. The backdrop wouldn't be of tekken warriors but it would contain robots moving. I could also use a backdrop of a busy place. I wish to do this by filming a busy place such as a street, city centre or a park and then project this film onto a white backdrop creating the illusion of me dancing in a busy place. The purpose would be not to dance on my own but also not to dance with a lot of people. I would use just enough to add effect and not make me feel intimidated or lonely. ...read more.

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