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GCSE Performing Arts Dance: Extended Programme Note Title of Dance: Crescendo of Attitude Candidate Name: Sarah Birchall Candidate No: 7053 Centre Name and No: Tapton School 36720 Solo Choreography Music Extract from "Who's In Control?" Artist: Natasha Shneider I chose this piece of music as my accompaniment to my choreography for its mood, dynamics, structure and also tempo. The mood contrasts between graceful and tranquil setting describing the shyness of the character. It then switches to a faster beat and more distinct instrumental inputs are used portraying the build in confidence or attitude of the character. Also the dynamics contrast from quiet gradually building to fairly loud. The beginning is quiet and fluid with a steady, clear beat structuring the characters life. Then the dynamics change to a clear, crisper sound becoming more complicated. The phrases are rigid and interrupted by different instruments, creating texture. This shows the confidence levels being experimented with by the character to a climax. The structure is clear helping me to define sections and focus on them differently. The tempo does increase, but mainly stays moderate. This also helps me to define sections and use different motifs to match the dynamics, structure and tempo. ...read more.

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I believe this showed the climax of the confidence because it is fast and shows the most confidence in the character; there is no experimentation at this point. Finally I gradually lowered by body to the floor in breathlessness and graceful movements and used part repetition of motif one. I think this last lot of movements show that the character is still the same person as she was at the beginning, but now she knows she has the potential of confidence. Developments of My Motifs To develop my motifs and overall my dance, I used a range of choreographic devices * Action Development * Spatial Development * Dynamic Development * Relationship Development Action Development In part of my dance there is the section where I curl into a ball at the end of my piece. This is a repetition of the beginning motif but in reverse. One reason I chose to do this is because the music structure supported these moves. Another reason is to show the similarity in the character; beginning to end. Another example is the repetition of motif two. I did this to convey that there is still structure in the piece. ...read more.

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This helps to support the idea of increasing in confidence and emphasises the attitude if the movement dynamics match the music dynamics. A final relationship development is that I related the space use to the music structure. When the music got faster and more punctual, I thought that increasing the space use would emphasis the confidence increase idea also. Evaluation I really liked the movement of my fast pirouette on the spot. I liked it because I felt it represented the whirlwind of the climax very well and was a clean move. I did not like particularly my choice of pathway when I had performed my piece. This was because I did feel it was appropriate to the message I was trying to convey, but maybe in a similar piece I would go for a more intricate design. I think my dance did communicate my idea of connecting with music. However, I think some of my movements were too cat - like and so got the viewer confused on what my stimulus was. On the other hand, I think I did choose my choice of movements well because the music and the dynamics of my movements matched my idea to most of the extent. ...read more.

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