Within Her Eyes: Form

Within Her Eyes: Form

  • Form refers to the overall structure or plan used to bring together the choreographic content of the dance piece.

  • Binary Structure: A dance work comprised of two contrasting sections: A and B.

  • Ternary Structure: A dance work comprised of three sections: A, B, and A repeated.

  • Rondo Structure: Involves the repetition of one main theme (A), alternating with different themes. The structure could be ABACA.

  • Narrative Form: Here, the dance follows a story-line. It is usually linear and chronological.

  • Episodic Form: This dance structure is a series of sections or episodes, like chapters in a book. These can either be related to one another or be entirely separate.

  • Theme and Variation: The main idea (theme) is presented at the start of the dance and is then altered or varied in some way throughout the dance.

  • In ‘Within Her Eyes’, the dance takes on a narrative form, telling a story of emotional dependency and the inability to imagine life without the other person.

  • The dance’s form is easily recognisable from repeated motifs, movements seen in different contexts, relationships and the setting which are all developed as the narrative unfolds.

  • Motif development is a key characteristic of the form used in ‘Within Her Eyes’. The dance starts with single motifs which are then developed and varied throughout the dance.

  • The progression and development of these motifs helps to convey the spiral of emotions and dependency the woman experiences, contributing to the overall narrative.