GCSE Dance - Artificial Things

STUDY
PLAY
Choreographer
Lucy Bennett
Company
Stopgap Dance Company
Date of first performance
5th of February 2014, UK Premiere
Dance style
Inclusive contemporary dance (disabled and non-disabled)
Choreographic approach
Uses a collaborative approach within her choreography. Dancers actively contribute to the process through choreographic tasks.
Stimulus
Snow covered landscape with an isolated figure perched on a collapsed wheelchair, being observed from afar as if through a snow globe. Paintings by Serbian artist Goran Djurovic influenced the design, costume and choreographic images within all the scenes. Personal experiences.
Choreographic intention
About the characters coming to terms with life's limitations and we are subject to the gaze of 'the other'.
Dancers
4 dancers (2 male/ 2 female)
Structure
A tragedy and is a aftermath, where the characters are more pensive. Opens with two duets. The first ground-based contact the second influenced by dancers improvising the idea of touch, leading and following. The group unites for some ground-based contact work. A trio (bar Toole) find harmony whilst dancing with one another and Laura's wheelchair. Trio gathers around Toole. Toole then dances a simple solo focusing on facial expression and physical storytelling to the song 'The Sunshine of Your Smile'. Toole returns to group and is frozen in time with the other characters.
Aural Setting
Andy Higgs - "The Sunshine of Your Smile" and was mixed into the atmosphere often sounding distorted or as if drifting in on the wind. uses the piano + sound effects such as distant rumbles, wind, footsteps in the snow to create a cold, ambient futuristic atmosphere acknowledging that time had passed
Costume
Designed by Anna Jones, the costumes are a wash of blue and green, merging with the backdrop. Paint running from the garments. Like Djurovic's paintings. Other garments are removed to depict that time has moved on.one dancer wears a loose fitting open neck short sleeved shirt (green merged with blue on the right and shirt is tucked in) + loose fitting grey trousers and a black belt.
Lighting
Designed by Chain Yavrovan. Dave and Laura's duet the stage is in darkness, with two white overhead spotlights at mid intensity one downstage right and one centre stage. this highlights the dancers and creates a weary, tired atmosphere, restricting the dancers space. spotlights resemble the snow globe encasing the dancers - supporting the stimulus.
Performance environment
Proscenium arch
Staging/ set
Designed by Anna Jones, influence by several paintings from the "Untold Secrets" collection by Goran Djurovic. It consists of a crudely painted heavy backdrop, where paint (blues, whites, greens and beige) looks like it is running down the canvas. Creates a calmer visuals. floor is grey with a wooden border around the edge + sprinkling of paper snow on the floor. Vitrine, three stools and a headless suit on mannequin legs perched on middle stool.
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