Chosen Set Work

General Knowledge About Chosen Set Work

  • Familiarise yourself with the choreographer’s background, their artistic style, history, and other important works.
  • Understand the inspiration and influences behind the choreography of the set work. This can include cultural, social, or personal aspects.
  • Delve into the context of the performance, such as the year it was created, location, social and political climate of the time etc.
  • Note the duration and structure of the set work remembering major sections or milestones within the performance.

The Movement Language and Physical Settings

  • Evaluate the movement vocabulary used in the performance. This includes dynamics, direction, speed, levels etc.
  • Recall the special emphasis on the unique choreographic style of the set work. This may include use of gestures, floor work, manipulation of body parts etc.
  • Understand in detail the physical setting of the performance, encompassing the venue, stage, set design, costume, lighting and sound.

Interpretation and Artistic Intention of the Set Work

  • Comprehend the artistic intention of the choreographer. What messages or stories were they trying to convey through this work?
  • Examine the mood and atmosphere created within the set work and how it changes throughout the performance.
  • Remember the interpretation of the set work. Ways in which different performers or dance companies may have presented the same piece with slight variations.

Critique and Analysis of the Set Work

  • Identify key moments of interest, such as climaxes, moments of tension, resolution, etc., within the work.
  • List different interpretations by critics and understand the reasons behind their varied viewpoints on the set work.
  • Reflect on potential improvement areas within the work or propose alternative methods that may enhance the overall impact of the performance.