A Linha Curva: audience understanding

A Linha Curva: audience understanding

“Artificial Things: Lighting”

  • The lighting design in Artificial Things plays a crucial role in creating the specific atmosphere and helping communicate the themes of isolation, difference and community.
  • The use of light and dark spaces in the stage is a significant aspect used to differentiate and accentuate the dancers, and the props being used.
  • The spotlight is used to direct the audience’s attention towards specific dance moves or expressions valuable to understanding the story.
  • The colour of lighting used changes throughout the dance to reflect the mood and tone of different sections.

“Artificial Things: Properties”

  • The dance makes use of various props throughout the piece, such as the wheelchair, the gloves, and the graffiti background, all of which are significant to the themes and ideas being expressed.
  • The wheelchair, for instance, is used to symbolize limitations and disability, but also as an instrument of power.
  • The graffiti background represents an urban setting, giving context to the narrative.

“Artificial Things: Costume”

  • The costumes of the dancers are everyday clothing, emphasizing the idea that those are ordinary people with real stories.
  • Colour plays a role in costume choice. Different characters wear different colours which may suggest their role or persona.
  • The dancer Dave Toole is shirtless, emphasizing his physical difference and contributing to otherness and vulnerability.

“Artificial Things: Dancers”

  • Each dancer in Artificial Things has a unique style and role, contributing to the overall narrative.
  • The main character, Dave Toole, is shown as separate and different but also as a part of the group.
  • Group formations and interactions involve a mix of solo, duet, and ensemble work.