Artificial Things: purpose

Artificial Things: purpose

Choreographic Approach

  • Exploration of everyday objects and their properties to create movement
  • Use of gestures, which are often realistic and recognisable
  • Frequent manipulation of props to suggest a variety of meanings


  • Heterogeneous cast with a range of physical abilities
  • Dancers carry equal importance, regardless of their physical abilities
  • Dancers often interact with each other and their environment

Aural Settings

  • Use of non-musical sounds such as environmental noises
  • Variety of musical styles ranging from classical to modern
  • Sound and music often used to enhance the mood of the piece

Performance Environment

  • Performed on proscenium stage, an end stage, in-the-round, or in site-sensitive locations
  • Use of the entire stage space, including ground and air
  • Often incorporating or responding to natural elements of the performance site

Movement Content

  • Emphasis on actions such as travelling, jumping, turning and gesturing
  • Use of dynamics ranging from fluid and soft movements to sharp and powerful ones
  • Making use of the whole space, especially depth and width

Choreographic Devices

  • Frequent use of canon, where one dancer starts a movement phrase and others join in at intervals
  • Use of unison, where all dancers perform the same movements at the same time
  • Often incorporates choreographic contrast, such as fast/slow movements or heavy/light dynamics


  • Variety of costumes, often representing different characters or ideas
  • Costumes often neutral in colour, allowing the movements to be the focus
  • Costumes sometimes used as props in the performance


  • Use of lighting to highlight or hide dancers or parts of the stage
  • Use of colour to set the mood or suggest the time of day
  • Light often used as a visual metaphor for the concept or story being explored