Solo: Spatial Elements

Solo: Spatial Elements

Understanding Solo Performance: Spatial Elements

  • Appreciation for personal space refers to understanding one’s own reachable space and the individual movements within this space.
  • Knowledge of general space is all about being aware of the entire performance area, including the audience and other performers if present.
  • Mastery of direction is about understanding the path along which a movement travels. This could be forward, backward, sideways, diagonal, up, down, and so on.
  • Comprehension of level, namely, realizing the vertical distance from the floor either low, medium, or high. This can include floorwork and leaps or jumps.
  • Understanding focus: Where is the dancer looking? What is the dancer’s focus during specific movements?
  • Command over pathways: These are the lines of movements created either on the floor or in the air.

Execution of Solo Performance: Spatial Elements

  • Effectively utilizing the stage space for a dynamic performance – dancers must deploy forwards, backwards, diagonally and circular pathways.
  • Switching levels for added dynamism. This could include some movements on a low level (ex: floorwork), transitioning to a medium or high level (ex: standing, jumping).
  • Changing the focus to make a performance more gripping. Where the dancer chooses to look during each movement can change the energy, style and interpretation of the dance.
  • Experimenting with enclosing and extending movements to create a spatial contrast.

Perfecting Spatial Elements

  • Practice is key to executing spatial choreography correctly. Regular and structured rehearsals can help the dancer move naturally within the given space.
  • Watching back recorded performances can also help to understand how a dancer uses the stage space. This is especially useful for seeing if certain areas of the stage are being under or overutilized.
  • Experimenting with different directions, levels and spaces can help a dancer feel more confident and creative in their use of space.
  • Collaboration with peers or mentors, their inputs and perspectives can provide new insights on stage space usage.

Solo Performance: Emphasizing Personal Expression

  • Even though the choreography may dictate certain spatial elements, never forget to emphasize expression and storytelling in a dance performance.

Remember, effective use of space can greatly enhance a solo dance performance, making it more engaging and visually interesting for an audience.