Swan Lake: Action, Space, Dynamics

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  • Action, Space and Dynamics - Swan Lake
    • Action
      • Act 1: Scene 2
        • All of the dancers in black perform simple movements in unison
          • Effective as it shows uniformity within the characters - the subjects are bound by rules
          • Arms are up over all dancers heads to show they are welcoming the Queen and Prince as they enter
          • All dancers bow in unison as they reach the front of stage
          • Hand waving gesture to show royalty
          • Turn inwards to welcome the Queen
        • 3 lines either side of the stage - 2 male lines, 1 female in center
      • Act 1: Scene 5
        • Club scene - choreography changes to more modern dance
        • Partner dancing - ballroom style
          • Girls spin inward towards their partner; both then do chicken head gesture
        • All girls jump into partners arms - showing the modern style
        • Complementary movements - arms up for one then down for another
      • Act 2
        • Swans perform in groups
        • Hands are folded down as though they are the swans wings
        • Head leads all of the movement to help show swan like movements
          • Extended, gentle arm movements show the wings
        • Spins and jumps show the grace of the swans as they move along the water
      • Act 2 duet
        • Mirroring movements at the start - both characters want the same outcome from the duet
          • Prince is showing he can be like the Swan
        • Prince supports the Swan in lifts and holds
          • Shows that the Prince needs this relationship to keep him stable
        • Contrasting movements - when Swan spins and is up, Prince is on the floor
    • Dynamics
      • Act 2
        • Gentle, soft movements
        • High jumps - high energy
        • Soft gestures, low head movements
      • Act 1: Scene 5
        • Sharp gestures
        • Fast movements to show it is modern
        • Sharp fast turns; slower jumps
      • Act 2 duet
        • Fast turns, slower controlled movements across the stage
        • Soft arm movements from the swan for wings
        • Slow, controlled balances with gestures
      • Act 1: Scene 2
        • Soft arm movements; high energy
        • Mid-tempo
        • Sharp gestures
    • Space
      • Act 1: Scene 2
        • Subjects in black start in organized rows
          • Separate male and female lines
          • Shows conformity and uniformity
          • Perform the moves on opposing sides to create the illusion there are more people on stage
        • Appear in partners later on and perform in a circle
        • Return to lines for final part of scene - vertical instead of horizontal
      • Act 1: Scene 5
        • Dance in partners
        • 2 rows of partners in the club
          • Dance directly in front of the row behind
        • One couple dance in center stage
      • Act 2
        • Swans appear on stage in groups of 4 the 2 groups of 3
          • Performing in unison
          • Dance in square shape, 3's in triangle; vertical lines at side of stage
        • All swans in CS in triangle like formation
          • Perform in canon after lead swan
          • Like a flock of swans
        • Swans come back on stage one by one in a line, they reach the other side of the stage and turn to go back the way they came and continue downstage
      • Act 2 duet
        • Dance together throughout
        • Contrasting levels used
        • Travel across stage and diagonally; center and SR used mostly

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