Self-critical appreciation: projection

Self-critical appreciation: projection

Self-Critical Appreciation of Projection

Comprehending Projection

  • Projection in dance refers to the ability of a dancer to convey emotion, energy and intention to the audience.
  • It’s an integral part of a dancer’s performance, enabling the audience to feel the story communicated through dance.

Elements of Projection

  • Facial expressions play a significant role in projection. Each expression must align with the dance’s intent and emotion, and ensure the message is conveyed.
  • Energy within movements and its variation shows the differing levels of intensity in each dance sequence, enhancing the overall projection.
  • Body language and posture can either enhance or diminish the projection. Maintaining an open body posture can help project outward to the audience.

Enhancing Projection

  • Regular practise of specific expressions and postures in front of a mirror can greatly enhance projection skills.
  • The entire body, and not only the face, needs to be involved in conveying a story to the audience. Each movement should be imbued with purpose.

Self-evaluation and Improvement

  • Recording one’s performance and critically viewing it afterwards is one of the ways to assess and improve projection.
  • Peer feedback and reviews can provide an external perspective on projection and areas needing improvement.

Staying Engaged

  • Mental rehearsal and emotional engagement with the piece contribute to a more effective and powerful projection.
  • It’s important to remain fully present during every moment of the performance. Lack of focus may disrupt the connection with the audience.