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GCSE DANCE- EMANCIPATION OF EXPRESSIONISM

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Who is the choreographer of Emancipation of Expressionism?
Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy.
Who is the company of Emancipation of Expressionism?
Boy Blue Entertainment is an award-winning, hip-hop dance company founded in London by choreographer Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy and composer Michael 'Mikey J' Asante. As joint artistic directors, they worked together on the creation and development of all production and projects. Acclaimed for presenting "The Perfect Marriage of Music and Dance" Boy Blue Entertainment releases boundless, creative energy in it's performances laying down the beats and delivering thrilling and raw dance sequences. BBE contributed to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, where in collaboration with Danny Boyle, Kenrick choreographed hundreds of young dancers for the segment "Frankie and June say thanks to Tim" as well as staging the handover of the Olympic Torch and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. Since its inception in 2002, Kenrick and Michael have worked to engage and inspire through the creation of excellent work for stage and screen. Always keen to take hip-hop beyond the streets and clubs, Kenrick and Michael have been at the forefront of the UK movement, to present hip-hop as an art form in it's own right. Their breakthrough into mainstream was the production "Pied Piper" led to BBE becoming an associate artists of t The Barbican Theatre.
What is the date of performance of Emancipation of Expressionism?
May 2015.
What is the dance style of Emancipation of Expressionism?
Hip-hop including: crumping, popping, locking, animation, breaking and waaking techniques.
What is the choreographic approach of Emancipation of Expressionism?
Exploring and extracting hip-hop movement and signature company movements in a contemporary way. Working closely with accompaniment and paying particular attention to musicality. Whilst the choreographer and the dancers create material for the work, Kenrick selects the certain movement vocabulary and "signature" motifs (such as the ninja walk, ninja glide, ninja static and chariots of fire) choreographic devices, formations and use of space.
What is the stimulus of Emancipation of Expressionism?
The music is called "Til Enda" by Olafur Arnalds. This was also a starting point for the piece. The final section of the work was created before the earlier sections. The idea of emancipating expressionism was another starting point for the work. The importance of being free to express ourselves, both as individuals and through use of hip-hop movement vocabulary and central to Kenrick's initial ideas for the work.
What is the choreographic intention for Emancipation of Expressionism?
Kenrick seeks to express himself by using hip-hop as a tool create art that affects an audience in a theatrical setting. He wants the audience to feel that they are witnessing and sharing an emotional journey through the piece and appreciating hip-hop dance as an art form. Each section is a scene, a moment in life, and the whole work is a journey. The theme of order and chaos highlights the restrictions of an individual style of hip-hop dance. Kenrick seeks to create variations within these parameters in order to create a sense of chaos in contrast with the potential limitations of set style. Often individual dancers split from the ensemble and at other times the ensemble are in unison. Kenrick uses these contrasts to show different relationships between order and chaos.
What is the duration of Emancipation of Expressionism?
11 minutes.
Who are the dancers in Emancipation of Expressionism?
17 dancers, 8 female, 9 male. Kenrick is one of the dancers in the performance and several of the dancers feature in key solos and have leading roles.
What is the structure of Emancipation of Expressionism?
The dance is in 4 sections and although not titled, Kenrick describes them as being based around the following ideas:
1. Genesis (start-2min12sec)- the start of life and a feeling starts to grow and create from the womb of expressionism. There is a sense of an electrical current affecting the dancers. He explores ideas of struggling to be free, find individual expression, conformity and order.
2. Growth and struggles (2min12sec-3min21sec)- starting with an individual dancer's expression contrasted by others entering from stage right. What may appear aggressive suggests the struggle for the recognition of individual passion and expression. It ends in a rugby scrum inspired formation with an ensemble supporting the individual dancer.
3. The connection and flow between people (3min21sec-6min30sec)- developing from a duet to a full ensemble. There are aspects of memory, manipulation, flow, merge and play between individuals in a relationship. An energy flows through the dancers, sometimes controlled by an individual and sometimes in group unison.
4. Empowerment (6min20sec-10min39sec)- The energy is captured and released with a new found raw, super human power. The release of individual energy (now more chaotic) continues to contrast with the powerful order of group unison. Within the idea of empowerment, this section also showcases the individual skills and expressionism of the core dancers. The contrasting lyrical qualities and frenetic percussive elements of the accompaniment are echoed in the contrasting actions and dynamics. There is an incessant quality as the section builds to a crescendo where the dancers are fully empowered. The section finishes with the dancers huddling together in unity before a final blackout and bow.
What is the aural setting of Emancipation of Expressionism?
1. Original production and arrangement by Michael 'Mikey J' Asante of Boy Blue Entertainment.
2. November composed by Max Richter.
3. Til Enda composed by Olafur Arnalds.
The music shifts from two urban pieces utilizing powerful drum beats and electronic sounds, to a modern classical composition (November) to a fusion piece of music (Til Enda) that incorporates urban percussive elements and classical string instrumentation. This development relates to the journey that Kenrick wants the audience to experience. Accents in the accompaniment are complex and multi-layered and interpreted through movement and choreographic devices throughout the choreography. Kenrick writes out the counts and uses symbols in his notes to ensure that movements complement the particular instrumentation and accents within the aural setting.
What are the costume in Emancipation of Expressionism?
The costume was designed to represent the company- casual, enhance the shape of the dancers and create a 'clean' look. The dancers wear short-sleeved, pastel blue t-shirts, blue denim jeans and grey trainers with a white sole. Kenrick wanted the dancers' hair tied back where necessary to ensure facial expressions were clearly visable. Some dancers wear everyday jewelry to enhance both the individuality and everyday qualities of the piece.
What is the lighting in Emancipation of Expressionism?
It was co-designed by Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy and 'Sadler's Well' theatre designers. A prominent feature is the lighting from above the stage casting an intense blue colour onto the dancers. Some are spotlights from above the stage used to highlight individual dancers and groups of dancers and some create a wash of blue across the stage. The edges of the stage aren't lit, creating a very central focus. The lighting is designed to create moods and different moments as well as work with both formations and the accompaniment. It is also used to highlight particular sections and transitions. A pair of white lights from off stage right feature in the second section and are significant in the focus of the dancers and relationships between the soloist, the group entering the stage space and the ideas of adversity and confronting the trials and tribulations of life. Sometimes the lighting fades and at other times snaps to black out for dramatic effect and to create distinction between sections and transitions. The intensity of the lighting varies considerably in the different sections.
What is the performance environment for Emancipation of Expressionism?
Proscenium arch stage. The use of theatrical fog/smoke creates texture in the air around the dancers and is enhanced by the lighting.
What is the staging/set of Emancipation of Expressionism?
There is no set.