Dance: Nutcracker & Swansong

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  • Created by: Chloe
  • Created on: 14-05-13 17:43
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  • Professional works
    • Nutcracker
      • Choreographer
        • Matthew Bourne
      • Company
        • Adventures in Motion Pictures(first performance)
      • Date of first performance
        • August 1992
      • Accompaniment
        • Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
          • Classical, orchestral. Composed 1882 for the original Ivanov ballet
      • Costume
        • Anthony Ward
        • Colourful and over the top
        • Cultural influences and literal references to sweets
      • Lighting
        • Howard Harrison
        • Theatrical, helps to create atmosphere
      • Set
        • Anthony Ward
        • Partly realistic but larger than life
          • Scene 1: Austre, drab orphanage with iron beds
          • Interval scene on the frozen lake
          • Scene 2: Entered through a large mouth, represents Sweetieland, complete with a massive three tier wedding cake
      • Staging
        • Proscenium
      • Scenario
        • Matthew Bourne and Martin Duncan
      • Dancers
        • 24 dancers
      • Dance style
        • Contemporary and balletic.
        • Exaggerated but realistic use of gestures
      • Choreographic style
        • A reworking of a traditional ballet.
        • Narrative and comic influence by film and theatre.
      • Theme
        • The Nutcracker story retold with references to adolescence, escapism, fantasy and satire
      • Starting point/inspiration
        • The classical ballet and the music
        • Images of a Victorian childhood
      • Structure/sections
        • Two acts with nine episodes
    • Swansong
      • Choreographer
        • Christopher Bruce
      • Company
        • Various, including Rambert Dance Company
      • Costume
        • Christopher Bruce
        • Everyday clothes associated with roles
          • Uniforms for the interrogators
          • Jeans and T-shirt for the victim
      • Lighting
        • David Mohr
        • Overhead lighting and a diagonal shaft of light to suggest natural light from upstage dress,
        • Footlights create shadows
        • Atmospheric
      • Set
        • Christopher Bruce
        • Bare stage except for a chair, suggests a cell
        • Interrogators always exit stage right(a door?)
        • The chair has many purposes and is used symbolically as a weapon, a shield and shackles.
        • Props(canes and red nose) are used to degrade the victim.
      • Staging
        • Proscenium
      • Dancers
        • Three men(also performed by three women, and a mixed cast)
      • Dance style
        • Contemporary, with physical contact and some balletic movements.
        • Includes references to social and theatrical dance
      • Choreographic style
        • Episodic
        • Dramatic
        • Thematic
      • Theme
        • Human rights
        • Prisoner of conscience
      • Starting point/inspiration
        • The work of Amnesty International
        • Saying goodbye(to a career as a dancer)
        • The experiences of Chilean poet Victor Jara
        • The novel 'A Man' by Oriana Fallaci
      • Structure/sections
        • Introduction followed by seven sections
        • The victim remains on stage througout
        • Victim performs a solo in section 3 which has motifs that are repeated and/or developed in sections 5 and 7.

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