Use of Other Consistent Features

Use of Other Consistent Features

  • A choreographer’s use of consistent features is vital to creating a coherent piece. These features help to establish the tone, mood and meaning.

  • Some of these consistent features include the use of props, costumes, lighting, and set pieces. Each of these elements should sync with the dance’s overall narrative and concept.

  • Props bring visual interest to a piece and can support the narrative or theme. They should be utilised in a way that feels natural and enhances the movement, rather than distracting from it.

  • The dancer’s costumes should reflect their characters and the dance’s storyline or theme. The colours, materials, and designs can express different emotions or status.

  • Lighting sets a mood, guides the audience’s focus, and can represent aspects of the narrative. It changes naturally with the passage of time in the dance, effectively indicating transitions.

  • The use of a set or backdrop can help transform the space and further express the theme. It should blend seamlessly with the dance rather than overshadow it.

  • Consistency in these features can help to create a visually coherent performance. This involves a delicate balance between repetition and variation. Too much repetition and the piece may become predictable; too much variation and it may become chaotic and disjointed.

  • Understanding and thoughtfully using these consistent features will result in a more compelling and engaging dance piece.

  • All of the consistent features should support your choreographic intentions. They should not pull focus from the dance but rather enhance and reveal aspects of it.

  • Constructive use of these features also helps to highlight the dancers’ abilities and make the best use of their skills.

  • It’s important to remember, these consistent features are not only for aesthetics. They deliver context, discuss elements of the story or build an atmosphere.

  • When you make any decisions about these elements, they need to be justified in terms of your choreographic intention, and what you want the audience to understand or feel.

  • All the consistent features should be evaluated and refined during the rehearsal process to ensure they effectively contribute to the overall dance piece.

  • The thoughtful, effective use of consistent features can take a dance piece from good to great and leave a lasting impression on its audience.