swansong-christopher bruce

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can i have some information about swansong by christopher bruce please?

Posted Sun 20th May, 2012 @ 18:09 by Leila McQuaid

5 Answers

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Ok I'm going to cover the section tea for two

  • Interrogators put on hats and put a red nose on the victim in order to mock him
  • Movement - ballroom/tango/tap
  • Victim is forced to imitate the interrogators movements

AQA usually like to ask about action, space, dynamics and relationships:

ACTION - lifts, turns, question and answer, cartwheels, chair used to lean/turn/leap

SPACE - close together so the prisoner can't get away

DYNAMIC - fast, sharp, sudden

RELATIONSHIP - guards do a duet, prisoner does a solo, they all do a trio and parts are in unison

Hope this is helpful if you need anything else just comment :)

Answered Tue 22nd May, 2012 @ 16:47 by Georgia
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I have just done this Leila

Key Facts

Dance company - Rambert Dance Company and many others

First performed - 1987 (You can remember this as there are 7 sections)

Dancers - three men

Dance styles - contemporary with physical contact, ballet, tap, ballroom, tango

Choreographic styles - Episodic, dramatic and thematic

Themes - Human rights, prisoner of conscience

Starting points - the work of Amnesty International, saying goodbye to Christopher Bruce (name swansong), experience of Chilean poet Victor Jara and `A Man` by Oriana Fallaci

I know so much more so if you want any more information just comment underneath hope this helps :)

Answered Sun 20th May, 2012 @ 18:21 by Georgia
Edited by Georgia on Sun 20th May, 2012 @ 18:30
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hey thanks so much! could you tell me more like about the dance content if possible please? thanks

Answered Tue 22nd May, 2012 @ 16:33 by Leila McQuaid
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Here is some lighting:

during the iterregation section a spotlight is placed above the chair-this shows the audiene that the chair is the victims 'safe place'.

a light turns on and off when the interregators enter (stage left) showing a door.

During the prisoners solo a shaft of light (upstage right) this is used to symbolise heaven/hope/a window- metion i your answer that it is left up to the audiences interpretation!! hope this helps :)

Answered Fri 28th December, 2012 @ 01:01 by Rhys Connolly
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You also need to know about costume - 

The victim is wearing everyday clothes: jeans and a white short sleeved t-shirt, this implies that the man is innocent and a sort that is just taken off from the street therefore showing the idea of mistreatment and the abuse of human rights, a theme throughout the dance.

The guards are wearing the same clothing: khaki trousers, beige short sleeved shirts which show they have authority and are in control over the victim. The fact they don't have badges suggest that neglect of human rights can happen in any country. 

Answered Sun 10th March, 2013 @ 16:53 by Mullen