Shadows: Form

Shadows: Form

  • Narrative form is used in Shadows. The dance tells a story of a family enduring an undefined crisis.
  • Look out for Rounds. They use the same movement motif presented by one dancer, then being taken up by others in turn.
  • Look at the Climax. The most exciting part towards the end of the dance where tension is at its peak.

Shadows: Choreographic Approach

  • Expressionist ideas are present, where the emotional content is prioritized.
  • Choreography uses mundane movements, look out for movements borrowed from everyday actions to symbolize familiar situations.

Shadows: Performance Environment

  • Shadows is performed proscenium arch style.
  • Notable feature: flat background painted in dark, stormy colours set the grim atmosphere.

Shadows: Structuring Devices

  • Repetition. Look out for repeated actions or motifs for dramatic effect and to reinforce the theme.
  • Contrast. The choreographer uses contrast in movement styles and tempos to create variety and maintain interest.

Shadows: Movement Content

  • The movement content is rich in symbolism to depict the stresses and tensions within a family.
  • Actions used include pedestrian actions and mimicry of mundane activities.
  • Relationships are shown through the physical distance and interaction between dancers.
  • Look out for the use of Planar movement in the space.
  • Look at the distinctive Dynamics of the piece. The transitions from smooth to sudden movements reflect changing moods and tensions among dancers.

Shadows: Lighting and Staging

  • Lighting in Shadows is quite muted with careful use of Spotlight to highlight solo or duet performances.
  • Staging and set: a simple, homely setting to mirror the life of an average family.
  • There is a minimal use of Props to symbolize the barrier between family members.

Shadows: Dancers

  • Features multiple duets and solos depicting various family roles and their relationships.
  • Note how the movement varies between dancers to represent different family roles and character personalities.

Shadows: Aural Setting

  • The aural setting includes Arvo Pärt’s music which is simple and minimalist in style creating a melancholy atmosphere.
  • Notice how the music motifs get repeated similarly to the dance motifs, creating a harmony between movement and sound.

Shadows: Dance for Camera

  • Shot as a stage performance, the limited camera movement allows viewers to take in the entire scene and analyze movement and group formations.
  • There are no distinct filmic techniques utilized in Shadows, it is presented as a conventional stage performance.