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Accompaniment can affect the mood, atmosphere and interpretation of a dance. Using sections 1 and 5, discuss this statement.

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Introduction

Sidra Sohail 10T April 2005 Accompaniment can affect the mood, atmosphere and interpretation of a dance. Using sections 1 and 5, discuss this statement. In section 1 we are introduced to the ghosts of the title. Straight away we hear the accompaniment of which is very quiet environmental sounds. They are the sounds of the whistling wind and raindrops, which shows a sense eeriness of the ghosts who we are introduced to after the accompaniment begins. The three ghosts that appear on the stage, dance almost straight away in a trio. Much of the dancing in this section consists of balances jumps, twists, turns, different levels and pauses. The pauses occur abruptly and not at regular intervals therefore add to the sinister atmosphere that is present in this section, not only in the movement but also in the accompaniment. ...read more.

Middle

Later, four female dancers join this male dancer. When the female dancers are performing a quartet, the male is performing a solo. The females' movements counterpoint the guitar melody and the male's movements counterpoint the panpipe that is also included in the accompaniment. After this, the male performs three duets with three different female dancers that are present on the stage. As the accompaniment continues with the panpipe and the guitar giving an ebullient feel to this section, we are aware of the situation. We know that this section is a light-hearted, bright and fun part of Ghost Dances as we are shown to the male's situation as he flirts with all of the female dancers in an attempt to choose a suitable partner. ...read more.

Conclusion

The ghosts are shown to be of the spirit world and in between the living and the dead. They are shown to be cruel creatures that symbolise death, as they may be of an underworld and the accompaniment shows this. It shows us that the underworld is a cold dark place that is eerie and disturbing because of the unusual quietness of the accompaniment, even though the movements of the ghosts are fluid but still heavy. However, much of section five's accompaniment has a certain sprightly feel to it. The strong, brisk movements of the dancers in this section counterpoint the staccato notes that are played in the accompaniment as the guitar is being plucked. The melody that is played in the accompaniment shows a sense of jolliness and the lively movements counterpoint it. ...read more.

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