The Choreographer questions
Part 1: The Choreographer – as Artist
1) The person who uses the medium of dance and movement to create art is called a ___________________.
2) What are the three elements a choreographer manipulates to create a dance?
3) T or F – All choreography communicates something.
4) T or F – All choreography has a literal or specific meaning.
5) What do you believe the author means by the statement “Dances must appear ‘seamless’ “?How do you think a choreographer accomplishes this?
6) What characteristics and traits does the author believe choreographers must possess? Which ofthese characteristics do YOU possess and how do you feel the characteristic(s) would be anasset if you were creating a dance?
7) T or F – The creative process is the same for all choreographers.
8) Of the types listed by the author, which type of choreographer can you most relate to? Or, if youwere a choreographer which type do you think you would be most like?
Part 2: The Choreographer – Space
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List the TEN elements that fall under the category of SPACE.What are the two perspectives that “SHAPE” can refer to? Explain each.What is the difference between positive and negative space?What are the three levels on which dance can be performed? Give an example of each.T or F – Choreographers have dancers face and move in different directions to create interest within a piece (a dance).Explain what is meant by the terms outward and inward focus.From whose perspective are stage directions labeled? Audience or Performer
To helpstage. The theatre stage sloped upwards, away from the audience. Such a design was typical of English theatre in the Middle Ages and early Modern era and improves the view and sound for spectators.
you better understand the terms “upstage” and “downstage”: Early stages were a rake or raked
So, performers literally walked uphill to move to the back of the stage (“Upstage”) and downhill when getting closer to the audience.
Part 3: Watch the following 5 videos. For the first four, list two things that stand out to you about the life and training of a dancer.
For the fifth (“A Dancer’s World), you do not have to watch the dance sections, only the parts where Martha Graham is speaking. You may, of course, watch it all. List 5 things that stood out to you from what she said about dance and dancers. Use thoughts from throughout the video so that I can tell you watched the entire video.
Part 4: Answer the following:
1) Define technique.
2) What is alignment? This is not specifically defined in the text. You may need to google or infer from the reading. List four alignment issues dancers need to be concerned about.
3) Dancers never stop training. How often should dancers dance?
4) What is somatics? Not defined in the text. List and briefly explain two body therapy or somatics that dancers may engage in.
5) Besides technique, what are other important attributes for a dancer to have?
Part 5: Answer the following:
1) What does the author mean by “audience as participant”?
2) What are ways that the author suggests for “understanding” dance better?
Answer ONE of the following:
3) Do you think that keeping an open mind when viewing dance is important? Why or why not? Give examples to support your argument.
4) Discuss the idea of “instant gratification.” How does it affect the way we view things, particularly dance? Do you think this issue is an American phenomenon, or does it occur worldwide?