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Compare and Contrast "Hobson's Choice" with "Still life at the Penguin Caf".

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Compare and Contrast "Hobson's Choice" with "Still life at the Penguin Caf�". David Bintley choreographed 'Hobson's choice' in 1989. It is set in Salford in the 1880s and it tells the story of a boot maker, Henry Hobson, and the unlikely marriage of his eldest daughter Maggie to a poor boot maker, Will Mossop. It is a narrative ballet and is purely for entertainment. 'Still Life at the Penguin Caf�' was also choreographed by David Bintley. Instead of telling a story, it shows snapshot images of extinct and endangered animal species. ...read more.

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Both ballets have very different structures. 'Hobson's Choice' is a 3 act narrative dance, whereas 'Still Life at the Penguin Cafe' is split in to 8 small sections each focussing on a different animal. This is because of their very different purposes. 'Hobson's Choice' tells a story and the three acts show scene changes and progressions in the story. However, the sections in 'Still Life at the Penguin Cafe' are not directly related, as it is not telling a story. The different sections symbolise different characters. ...read more.

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The set design of still life mixes realism and symbolism to show the natural habitat of the characters and the themes behind the dance. The characters in 'Hobson's Choice' are all people. Although they come from fiction they are true to life. The characters all seem to be quite exaggerated, but this helps to get the audience right in to the dance. The characters interact with each other a lot and they show many emotions. The characters in 'Still Life at the Penguin Cafe' are all hybrids of animals and humans. Like those in 'Hobson's Choice' they are often exaggerated and this emphasises their animalistic qualities and their humour. ...read more.

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