Return to the clips from the Lesson 2 Discussion Forum and create THREE thesis statements that compare two of the clips, one ANALYTICAL, one INTERPRETIVE and one EVALUATIVE.
1. The first thesis statement should be ANALYTICAL: were there similarities in the choreographers’ choices of devices? Did the choreographer/s use the same movement or compositional devices in unique ways from each other? Here are a couple of examples:
“In the two pieces, XXXX and YYYY, the choreographers paid particular attention to his or her use of the stage space to communicate an idea, with XXXX utilizing movement that stayed relatively in one place, and YYYY using movement that traveled the length of the stage space constantly.”
“The choreographers for XXXX and YYYY both utilized repetition and canon, although in XXXX the movements were much smoother throughout the entire clip, and in YYYY the choreography alternated between soft waves and hard punches of various parts of the body.”
2. The second thesis statement should be INTERPRETIVE: what did you think the dances were about? Was there some way the two pieces seemed to be making a similar statement about something? Do the two pieces seem to be making opposing statements about something? Here are a couple of examples:
“When I compared the two pieces XXXX and YYYYY, it became apparent that the choreographers were addressing people’s pre-conceived notions of gender and relationships from different viewpoints.”
“After carefully examining XXXX and YYYY, I believe the choreographer for the former was communicating how insignificant we are in the universe, and the choreographer for the latter was commenting on how precious each individual life is.
3. The third thesis statement should be EVALUATIVE: did you think the dances were particularly successful at communicating their idea or in their use of choreographic choices? or in their actual performance of the movement? Here are a couple of examples:
“The choreographers in XXXX and YYYY were incredibly successful in communicating the stories in each of the clips through the use of articulate and specific gestures.”
“In both XXXX and YYYY, the performers were quite skilled at movement that required them to utilize momentum and maintain a sense of ease in their joints.”
Here is example :
1 Thesis One/Analytical: D-Man in The Waters by Bill T Jones and Meyer by Alonzo King, both use multiple dancers within the stage space and have different groups of dancers come and go throughout the extent of the performance. In D-Man in The Waters, the dancers mostly use repetition and accumulation, with each dancer mirroring the rest of the group. In Meyer however, there is dynamic variation between the movements performed by each dancer in the group, so the dancers rather insert nee elements of similar phrases or augment the previous motions rather than repeat them exactly.
2 Thesis Two/Interpretive: The dance Water Part 1. by Keone and Mariel Madrid has its dancers fully interacting with the natural environment in various forms-submerged in water, spreading grass seeds and sand in the wind- and seems to make a statement about the healing qualities of nature and the sanctity of our relationship with nature. This contrasts starkly with Bob Fosse’s dance The Rich Man’s Frug, where the environment, props and costumes are all highly materialistic and correspondingly, the dancers are highly poised and lack any sense of nature.
3 Thesis Three/Evaluative:
Mats Ek’s choreography of Appartement was highly successful in instilling a deep sense of loneliness in the viewer. The dancer’s sporadic movements, exploration of the walls of her enclosure and far away stares were very purposeful in conveying the overall message of isolation. There were several choreographic choices made in the dance D-Man in the Waters however which I thought were not apparent in their purpose and was debatable if they added value or augmentation to the overall message. One such example would be the variation of groups which would dance. Each new set of dancers did not necessarily seem to elaborate on what had been performed by the previous set.