Critical Appreciation of Professional Set Works

Critical Appreciation of Professional Set Works

• Understanding the Work: To critically appreciate professional set dances, it is important to understand the overall theme, storyline or concept of the work. This might involve understanding the inspiration for the choreographer, the period it references, or the cultural context.

• Choreography and Movement: Analyse the specific style and form of dance utilised by the choreographer. Recognise the variety of movements used and how they are put together to communicate a particular message or feeling.

• Pace and Rhythm: Consider the speed and rhythm of the dance. How do they contribute to the overall theme and mood? Do they change throughout the work and, if so, what effect does this have?

• Performance and Expression: Evaluate the performance of the dancers. Do they convey emotion through their movements and expressions? How successful is it in communicating to an audience?

• Use of Space: Examine how the choreographer utilises the stage space. Is there a notable use of levels, formation, direction or proximity to the audience?

• Lighting and Costume: Analyse the role of lighting and costume in enhancing or communicating the dance’s theme. Does the lighting provide mood or focus? How does the costume contribute to characterisation or movement?

• Musical Accompaniment: Consider the relationship between the dance and the music. Does the music complement, contrast, or amplify the dance? Can you identify motifs where movement and music align?

• Evaluation: Develop the ability to form and articulate personal judgement about different aspects of the pieces. This includes commenting on strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement.

Remember, in the critical appreciation of professional set works, it’s just as important to back up your opinions with reasoning and analysis, as well as comparing and contrasting different works to deepen your understanding and broaden your perspective.