Shadows: Aural Settings

Shadows: Aural Settings

  • Shadows integrates Arvo Pärt’s music, specifically “Für Alina” and “Fratres”.
  • The music provides a melancholic, haunting tone, supporting the narrative’s themes of family, fear, and survival.
  • Silence is used periodically to amplify tension, and highlight the gravity of the family’s struggle.
  • The aural setting is instrumental in conveying the emotional weight of the work, reinforcing the evocative movements, themes, and staging.
  • The absence of sound often serves to underline poignant moments or shifts in the dynamics of the family relationships.

Shadows: Choreographic Devices

  • The work uses a variety of choreography tactics to communicate the narrative, such as unison, canon, contact improvisation, repetition, and mirroring.
  • Movements often symbolize power struggles, fear, and familial bonds.
  • Contact improvisation specifically supports the portrayal of relationships among family members, suggesting both support and dependency.
  • Mirroring reminds viewers of the familial bonds and similarities shared among characters.
  • Repetition amplifies the cyclical nature of fear and struggle undergone by the family.

Shadows: Performance Environment

  • Shadows is performed in a proscenium arch stage setting.
  • This conventional setting allows the audience to view the piece from the front and immerse in the choreography as if watching a traditional theatre performance.
  • The backdrop and use of lighting enhance the overall atmosphere and mood, further emphasizing the powerful themes of the work.

Shadows: Accompanying Elements

  • The work incorporates simple, everyday costumes and minimal props to maintain focus on the narrative and dance.
  • The dancers do not wear shoes, further establishing the sense of vulnerability.
  • Furniture props, such as chairs and a table, represent a home setting, demonstrating the domestic nature of the piece.
  • Lighting is meticulously used to reflect shifts in the narrative, the characters’ mental state, and the general ambiance of the scene.