Shadows: audience understanding

Shadows: Audience Understanding

  • The choreography and set design are intended to reflect the dark and somber mood of the piece. This is achieved through the use of shadows and silhouette imagery which contradict the more joyful and uplifting moments.
  • Shadows plays on the different interpretations or perceptions an audience member may have. Each individual’s life experience will shape their understanding of the narrative.
  • As the parts of the performance are in abstract form, the audience is left to interpret the scenes in their own way.
  • The purpose of the choreography is not only to showcase the dancers’ skills, but also to evoke strong emotions and reactions within the viewers to make the audience part of the performance.
  • The performance comments on many human experiences, such as love, loss, fear, and hope. These are moments audience members can relate to, enhancing their understanding and connection to the piece.

Shadows: Purpose

  • One major purpose of Shadows was to delve into the human psyche and portray the various stages of emotions that individuals go through in difficult times. This makes the performance highly relevancy with its audience, which aids in understanding.
  • The dance was meant to tell a story of human emotion and experience, rather than this being a subjective interpretation.
  • The dance examines the fundamental aspects of life – struggles, relationships, power dynamics – in a raw and unfiltered fashion. Viewers are encouraged to think about their own relationships and roles within society after watching the performance.

Shadows: Environment in which the Dance was created and performed

  • The dance was created in a time where the world was going through significant shifts in its understanding of mental health. This context influences the themes present in the choreography and its reception amongst viewers.
  • Shadows was performed in a black box theatre with simple yet effective staging and lighting. The intimate environment enhances the connection between the performers and the audience.