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The 1960's "Rooster" By Sarah Dawson 11V4 In expressive arts we are studying the theme of the 60's. In our lesson we watched a dance called "Rooster". Rooster was created for the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve and first performed on October 10 1991 at the Grand Theatre de Geneve, Switzerland. It was first performed by Rambert Dance Company on 8 December 1994 at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Christopher Bruce (the choreographer), wished to celebrate the music and to use the qualities of the song to reflect the "sexual war" between women and men that he felt was revalent during his teenage years. He compared the image of a strutting cockerel with its fine feathers and the men dressed up to go out. Rooster is a creation of the 1960's by using music, dance, gesture and costume to create the feeling of a Saturday night out. My first impression of the dance was very strange, as it opened with a man moving across the stage in a very strange way. ...read more.


There are occasional contrasts where lighting fills the stage. This may be representing a disco or party, which again relates to the setting as it shows the audience a typical night out in the 60's. The music is by the Rolling Stones who were popular between 1964 and 1969 who performed in a rhythm and blues style. They use a different song for each dance. The first song seems very beaty and active, the second song seems more slow and relaxed, and the third is very energetic, lively and repetitive. The guitar and drums are used a lot in all of the 3 songs, which again relates to going out in the 60's. All of the dances link together very well and seem to flow into one another. I believe the first dance they use an animal theme (a rooster) effectively, as they are looking for a mate. I believe it's used a metaphor for men on a Saturday night, out on the prowl looking for girls. ...read more.


The dance contains lots a free and exaggerated movement in the dances. This created an illusion of being free, which relate to the 60's. It contains lots of contemporary ballet, and includes lots of turns, spins, and balances. They carry out the jive in many of their dances that relates to the 60's, as this was a very popular dance at that time. The male dancers perform repeated grooming gestures, slicking down their hair, straightening cuffs and sleeves and adjusting ties. This may be to show masculinity while searching for a partner. In the second dance they use ballroom movements. This may be to show the more formal side of the 60's. As the dance moves are very free when dancing with their partners, this may signify that love is free, which was very true in the 60's. I think this dance is very peculiar, but does create the illusion of the 60's by using dance and music. I will use this as a stimulus for my 60's performance as I have seen how to show freedom and love through movement, and how to represent certain things through costume and staging . By Sarah Dawson 11V4 ...read more.

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