Shadows: Properties

Shadows: Properties

  • Shadows is characterised by the use of props which play a critical role in telling the story.
  • The small wooden chairs used throughout the piece are pivotal – symbolising everything from the dining table to the obstacle the family has to overcome.
  • Props are used dynamically as they integrate with the movement to add layers of meaning to the narrative.
  • Attention must also be paid to the absence of props, which also sends a strong message.
  • The use of these “everyday” items enhances the realism and relatability of the piece.

Manipulation of Props

  • Manipulation in Shadows refers to the way the dancers handle and interact with the props.
  • Manipulation requires the dancers to use strength, balance, timing, and spatial awareness.
  • Synchronised handling of the props creates unity and strengthens the family dynamic in the piece.
  • There are moments when props are manipulated individually, representing the individuals expressing their own feelings or facing struggles.

Symbolic Use of Props

  • The symbolic values attached to the props create another layer of understanding of the narrative.
  • Chairs represent the home environment, stability, and a sense of normalcy.
  • Props are often personified, such as the ‘empty chair’ symbolising the missing family member.
  • Tortured and awkward manipulation of props suggests the struggle and tension within the family.