Dance Appreciation: Choreographic Approaches

Dance Appreciation: Choreographic Approaches

Choreographic Process

  • Exploration: This is a crucial stage where you experiment with different movements and sequences to fit your chosen theme.
  • Development: The stage where you refine and expand your initial ideas, increasing the complexity and variety of your dance.

Use of Stimuli

  • Inspiration Source: The choice of stimuli significantly shapes your choreographic approach. Stimuli can be a piece of music, a poem, a picture or a theme.
  • Interpretation: The effectiveness of your choreographic approach will depend on how creatively and accurately you interpret the chosen stimuli.

Compositional Structures

  • Linear or Narrative Structure: This approach follows a clear beginning, middle, and end.
  • Theme and Variations: This is based on a central motif that is developed and varied with each iteration.
  • Rondo Form: In this structure, a principal theme alternates with one or more contrasting themes.

Choreographic Devices

  • Repetition and Contrast: Repetition of certain movements creates a recognisable theme, while contrast adds an unexpected layer.
  • Retrograde: This involves performing a sequence of movements in reverse order.
  • Canon: Similar to a round in music, this device involves the performance of the same phrase starting at different times.

Choreographic Intent and Communication

  • Communication of Theme: You should be able to convey your chosen theme or storyline clearly through your choreography.
  • Expression: Success in choreography is not just about the physical moves but also the emotional expression.

Evaluation and Feedback

  • Self-reflexion: Assess your choreography critically. Use self-reflexion to improve and make necessary adjustments.
  • Receiving Feedback: Involve others dancers to offer feedback. This can provide valuable insights which may not have been apparent from your perspective.