Overdrive - Dance work 2003

STUDY
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Choreographer
Richard Alston
Company
Richard Alston Dance Company
Premiered
October 2003
Accompaniment (aural setting)
Keyboard Study No.1 by Terry Riley
The pianist is Steffan Schleirmacher
Minimalist
Written for 2 keyboard players and structured by a computer
Phrases or fragments of melody that interact and get shorter & shorter, stopping abruptly after 21 minutes
Costume (physical setting)
Jeanne Spaziani
Simple and elegant costumes are gender specific and enhance the body design & flow movement
Men: grey loose fitting vests and trousers
Women: halter neck tunics and trousers; 3 in red, 3 red and grey tunic and grey trousers
Lighting (physical setting)
Charles Balfour
Floor washed in shades of blue, grey & purple
Colour changes relate to sections of the dance
Towards the end, spots light the floor & these elongate to create diagonals
Lighting from above & the sides create shadows
Set (physical setting)
Rectangular space
White borders at the sides and back
No wings
Back wall black
Dancers exit and enter from sides
Staging (physical setting)
theatrical
No. of Dancers
6 women
5 men
11 in total
Dance style
Contemporary
Cunningham influenced
Release based
Torso tips, tilts, twists & curves
Movement is expansive & energetic
Choreographic Style (marcip)
Pure dance - concerned with the movement itself
Alston works collaboratively with dancers to create material
Close dance to music relationship
Dance interprets music
Alston describes his approach as architectural - structure & pattern
Use of space is multi directional
Theme
Pattern
Starting Point / Inspiration
music
movement
space
Structure
16 chapters