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This essay describes how I have worked towards and performed four pieces of practical work using all three art forms. (Drama, dance, music, and a final piece that is a mixture of all three arts

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Lee Rowlett Performance studies This essay describes how I have worked towards and performed four pieces of practical work using all three art forms. (Drama, dance, music, and a final piece that is a mixture of all three arts). Each piece must be three minutes long and we have around two months to improvise, rehearse and perform the four pieces. We were given five 'key words' to follow as a sort of guide line for our pieces. There was a different set of guide lines for each art form. These consist of... Music - rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture. Dance - motif, action, relationships, dynamics, space. Drama - dialogue,1 characterisation, physicality, proxemics, tension. These fifteen rules do interconnect between the arts which I will explain during this essay. We started our performance studies classes by learning about and experimenting with improvisation as well as learning about the five rules for each of the arts. We then began to look for the five rules in our dance / musical / drama pieces. We experimented with the five rules in our improvised pieces and all so broke down each of the rules to find out exactly what they can cover. ...read more.


The fait being two different people, one good working towards getting the couple together, and the second working to keep the pair apart. This idea was not ready in time for the performance as it was far more technical than we had anticipated and it was difficult to direct due to the fact that there was a lot of people in our group. In music our group was once more unsettled but we managed to create and rehearse a purely instrumental6 musical piece with vocals and a piano. For our mixed piece there was no changes, and even though it was the last piece that we started, it was the most well organised as everyone took it in turns to speak and a bond between the group was made where we all trusted each other. We soon began to realise that in ways our set five rules were interconnected even though they were completely different art forms. Dialogue had a link to both rhythm and melody, harmony to relationships, characterisation to our timbre, and our dynamics to our texture. We all so7 figured that motif in dance was quite like an ostinato in music as it is a repeated pattern in both. ...read more.


Using the people that made up the circle as the stressors in his life. Motif 'B' was showing the musical happiness of all peoples lives in a square with a dance routine. Through both motifs we used ostinato's in this one it was rhythmical clapping and in the first one it was chanting. The piece finishes on motif 'A' once more building a tension but this time without the happy release of motif 'B'. In the drama11 piece I feel we would have done better if the group did not change so regularly and if we had a bigger rehearsal studio. It needed more scripting and organisation. More time would not have gone a miss either. In the dance piece We would have done better with a bigger group which we could not get due to so many people dropping out. This all so meant we could have done with more time as we hit so many ruts due to absences. In the musical piece the same improvements all so apply. But in the mixed piece we12 were given less time but it was far better organised as all members attended rehearsals regularly and we were provided with more space in which to practise. During the planning all so there were no arguments as we took it in turns to give our views and ideas before we began to rehearse. ...read more.

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A detailed log of the rehearsal approach to these mixed art performances. I am particularly interested in how the writer combined all of the arts together in the final performance especially as this was perceived to be the most successful.

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