Christopher Bruce

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  • Christopher Bruce
    • Where and when was Christopher Bruce born?
      • Leicester, 1945
    • What are Bruce's general stylistic characteristics?
      • Blending Classical Ballet with Graham influenced styles
      • Lyrical and fluid movements that are full of energy, open chest and back, gestures, extended lines, intricate footwork and movement content matches musical structures or lyrics
      • Graham influences: torso contractions, off-balance tilts, leans and turns, abrupt gestures, flexed feet, sense of weight, low centre of gravity and a hint of emotional or narrative content
      • Blending other dance styles and sources deepening on music
        • For example, jazz and tap, a range of social dances such as folk dancers
      • He selects dancers for their personal strengths such as expressive skills.
      • Bare stages and atmospheric  lighting are used to convey the mood
    • In 1969, what did Bruce start to do?
      • He began to create dance works for Rambert
        • His pieces saw excellent musicality and emotion
    • When Rambert went through reconstruction, what effect did this have on Bruce?
      • As they introduced contempory so shortly after Bruce joined the company, it influenced him so that when he now goes onto create pieces, they will always have emotion and acting through dance.
        • During this time he was seen as one of the  most sharply focused dancer in Britan through his ability to act through movement
    • In what year did Christopher Bruce become Rambert's Associated Chorographer?
      • 1979
        • When did he retire from being the Artistic Director?
          • 2002
    • What are key movements that Christopher will always include?
      • Weighted movement
      • Intricate partner work
      • complexed foot work
      • Shunts forward
      • He will often work with the dancers first handto capture their qualities
      • He has a strong use of the Martha Graham technique within his work.
    • What has influenced the work that Bruce creates?
      • Marie Rambert
        • She instilled high standards into Bruce and allowed him to belive that dance can be independent to the music
      • Social and political themes emerge through his pieces as a reflection of his own concerns
      • Poetry, literature, music, newspaper articles and world events can all be a influence for the start of a piece.
  • Bruce has a distinct choreographic style, which embraces both a classical and contemporary movement vocabulary. The style draws on both his ballet and Graham technique training and he uses the long extended lines of ballet but with off-balance tilts and attitudes.
    • What is his overall style of work?
      • Christopher Bruce
        • Where and when was Christopher Bruce born?
          • Leicester, 1945
        • What are Bruce's general stylistic characteristics?
          • Blending Classical Ballet with Graham influenced styles
          • Lyrical and fluid movements that are full of energy, open chest and back, gestures, extended lines, intricate footwork and movement content matches musical structures or lyrics
          • Graham influences: torso contractions, off-balance tilts, leans and turns, abrupt gestures, flexed feet, sense of weight, low centre of gravity and a hint of emotional or narrative content
          • Blending other dance styles and sources deepening on music
            • For example, jazz and tap, a range of social dances such as folk dancers
          • He selects dancers for their personal strengths such as expressive skills.
          • Bare stages and atmospheric  lighting are used to convey the mood
        • In 1969, what did Bruce start to do?
          • He began to create dance works for Rambert
            • His pieces saw excellent musicality and emotion
        • When Rambert went through reconstruction, what effect did this have on Bruce?
          • As they introduced contempory so shortly after Bruce joined the company, it influenced him so that when he now goes onto create pieces, they will always have emotion and acting through dance.
            • During this time he was seen as one of the  most sharply focused dancer in Britan through his ability to act through movement
        • In what year did Christopher Bruce become Rambert's Associated Chorographer?
          • 1979
            • When did he retire from being the Artistic Director?
              • 2002
        • What are key movements that Christopher will always include?
          • Weighted movement
          • Intricate partner work
          • complexed foot work
          • Shunts forward
          • He will often work with the dancers first handto capture their qualities
          • He has a strong use of the Martha Graham technique within his work.
        • What has influenced the work that Bruce creates?
          • Marie Rambert
            • She instilled high standards into Bruce and allowed him to belive that dance can be independent to the music
          • Social and political themes emerge through his pieces as a reflection of his own concerns
          • Poetry, literature, music, newspaper articles and world events can all be a influence for the start of a piece.

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