Self-critical appreciation: form

Self-critical appreciation: form

Observing the performance environment

  • Note the size, shape and type of the performance space.
  • Consider the impact of the performance setting on a dance piece.

Role of the Choreographer

  • Recognise the choreographer’s choices and intentions.
  • Understand the influence of cultural, historical and social context on the work’s choreography.

Inclusion of dance components

  • Identify the dance components integrated into the work.
  • Analyse how these components contribute to the narrative, theme or style of the piece.

Lighting and sound effects

  • Assess the use of lighting and sound in a dance piece.
  • Reflect on whether these elements enhance or distract from the main choreography.

Understanding the narrative or theme

  • Identify the narrative or theme of the piece.
  • Evaluate how the choreography, performance, setting and costumes contribute to this theme.

Critical analysis

  • Formulate a personal opinion on the performance and justify it.
  • Identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.
  • Understand that criticism should be constructive, clear, and backed up with reasoning.

Remember: Critical appreciation of professional work helps to deepen understanding of dance as an art form and improve personal performance and choreography skills. A thorough approach to analysis, rooted in understanding the core components of dance, allows for a detailed and insightful critique.