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Language of Performing Arts

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A/S Performing Arts- Language of Performing Arts 2556 Amy Grant 1ADE Performing Arts is a way of expressing ideas, emotions and thoughts to all areas of society using any capability of the body as a tool. In this essay I am going to discuss they ways in which I achieved this idea through the practical work produced in music, dance and drama modules. For each module a stimulus was given which led to the devise-rehearse-performance process. A final performance was then created integrating all three arts using another given stimulus. During the Drama module we were given a poem called 'Seven Poems' written by Antonin Artaud. We were to devise a piece of drama not only stimulated by this poem but also in the style of the writer. We made our own notes on the language of the poem and interpreted it in our own way; this meant no two pieces of drama would be the same as we all have individual ideas and opinions. However when we came together in our groups we discussed our notes and points and came to a group decision about what we thought the poem meant and what it represented before beginning to develop thoughts, actions and finally a narrative. The piece was to be in the style of Artaud. This meant a very surrealistic piece with little dialogue, used just as a mode of communication. Instead we would use our bodies and physicality to communicate our message to audience; this places emphasis on a variety of language sorts - physical, verbal and visual. His work was very much based on ritual primitivism and releasing the dark forces of the soul and seeing the dark side of human nature. We needed to create a piece exploring all these points and more. My group began by creating a physical motif as our starting point; we incorporated the idea of ritualism by having someone acting as a cross and another person acting as a crucified person being attached to this cross. ...read more.

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Our main rehearsal technique was repetition. The significance of this was to familiarise ourselves with the material and running order, and to check whether it all ran smoothly. If there was a problem with a specific area we discussed it and focused on it so we could perfect that area. We also had the opportunity to gain feedback from one member of the group who was unable to dance due to injury. We listened to her constructive criticism and worked on the areas she suggested. Our final performance in the dance module was successful, however there was room for improvement our motifs could have been developed and varied in more original ways, audience feedback show they thought there was limited dynamic range which was possibly limited by the music choice, showing the importance of music within a dance piece. I felt we could have experimented more with extremities of dynamics. The audience however felt the placement on stage for each group was carefully considered and there was a varied use of direction. There were varied groupings on stage, which created a visual impact for the audience, and there was a good use of contact and support. We had a very open stimulus for our final module of music. We looked at a performance by "Stomp" by Luke Cresswell. Stomp is a rhythm-based group that combine simple rhythms with everyday objects used as instruments. We were instructed to create a piece in their style; this meant a very rhythmic piece with possibly some sort of theme and links with dance movements to add interest to the audience. In our group we each started to improvise and develop rhythms using everyday objects such as classroom chairs and dustbin lids to create unusual timbres. A strong accent was kept on the first beat to keep the rest of the beats in time. The rest of the group used variations around this steady pulse to create a melody that was repeated throughout the piece. ...read more.

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We ensured we had the freedom to work spontaneously in performance and not to be intimidated when voicing our ideas, this guaranteed freshness and excitement for the audience and ourselves. It met the requirements of the course because we developed our technical skills by devising a piece of theatre that integrated dance, music and drama. It was original work rather than repertoire although it was inspired by exemplar material and it had an identified purpose and structure. The technical skills improvising, rehearsing and performing we introduced and used as a way of devising the performance material. Finally we included all the elements needed to make a good dance/drama/music piece. We were faithful to our original intention of creating a unique piece of theatre that linked all three art forms together and displayed our interpretation of the given stimulus. Audience feedback was very good, they specifically commented on the dramatic setting of mood at start, how the image, dialogue and music all contributed to a most appropriate atmosphere, how we used good variety to make it very interesting for an audience, the excellent layering of the art forms and how they were all very well linked. I think they reacted in this way because we thought long and hard about specific decisions relating to the fifteen aspects knowing that these would make the piece interesting to an audience. We were keen to work in a physical way, using stylised structures in our exploration, our final piece showed this and so our excitement for the piece reflected upon the audience. Overall we worked with commitment and courage to create a piece of theatre that I felt was thrilling and disturbing to watch and I am extremely proud of what we produced. We consciously explored new ways of expressing ideas in theatre language. We taught and learnt from each other and were always ambitious and dedicated. These aspects are as important as talent when producing a performance I felt this combined effect shaped our piece and made it successful. 1 ...read more.

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