Artificial Things: audience understanding

Artificial Things: audience understanding

Artificial Things: Performance Environment

Proscenium Arch:

  • Utilised in the traditional theatre setting
  • Allows the audience to view the dance from one side only
  • Dancers are often more distant from the audience

End Stage:

  • Audience located on one side, but close proximity to performers
  • Creates a more intimate and immediate experience
  • Greater visibility of dancer’s body language and expressions


  • Audience circled around the performance area
  • Enhances the spatial awareness of the dancers
  • Provides multi-dimensional viewing for the audience

Site Sensitive:

  • Locations specifically chosen to convey meaning/mood
  • Performers interact with the surroundings
  • Can influence the choreography and movement choices

Artificial Things: Choreographer’s Approach


  • Using the body to create images or portray characters
  • Use of props and objects for visual impact


  • Performance tells a story or concept
  • Requires dancers to interpret the narrative and portray it through movement


  • Spontaneity and freedom of movement
  • Encourages original and creative choreography

Emotion and Expression:

  • Dancers express emotions through movement
  • Aim is to evoke emotions in the audience

Artificial Things: Movement content


  • Fundamental movements (jump, turn, travel etc.)
  • Vary in complexity and levels


  • Manipulation of energy during performance
  • Influences pace, rhythm and flow


  • Use of stage space and dancers’ formation
  • Conveys relations between dancers and intent


  • Interaction between dancers (lead-follow, mirroring, contrast)
  • Shows social dynamics, conflict, or harmony

For optimal revision purposes, focus on understanding, not just remembering the information. Expand upon each point by asking yourself how and why these elements are utilized in “Artificial Things.” Don’t forget to relate them to performance you’ve watched to deepen your understanding.