Who is the choreographer of Swansong?
What was the Date that Swansong was first performe
What dance styles are used in Swansong?
CONTEMPORARY -TAP-JAZZ DANCE- TANGO-PHYSICAL CONTACT- (Narrative)
What is the theme/stimulus of Swansong?
HUMAN RIGHTS is the theme.
Other stimulus was Christopher Bruce saying goodbye to dancing
Who created the music for swansong? and what is th
Electronic music with digital sounds and voices
At times no sound- so we can hear tapping of the feet-adds tension
Describe the aural setting of Swansong in detail.
- Silence before music starts to build tension
- foot tapping and clapping- to show question and answer
- silence- to create a fearful atmosphere and to build tension
- direct correlation with movement
What is the effect of the aural setting (sound/mus
Silence increases the tension and helps to concentrate on movement
Music builds tension and climax
Music has question and answer- direct correlation with movement
Crashes in music support dyanmics used by prisoner
Describe examples of relationship between accompa
section 1- No sound to start with. Crash of sound- prisoner pulled off chair- this is repeated twice with the same sound .This is direct correlation. Music and dynamics sharp and forceful.Shows repeated torture.Crash of sound shows that the atmosphere is more threatening.
section 2- tango music and dancers dynamics are light and smooth- prison guards perform humourous light shuffles and tango duets to show that they are playing with the prisoner.Direct correlation- music speeds up and so do the dancers.
accompaniment examples continued
section 3- music and movement more lyrical. Contrast to section 1 and 2. Crashing sound suggests door slamming. Crying sounds in music shows frustration of prisoner.
section 7- prisoner beaten and unconcious on chair, the silence gives time for audience to decide whether he is dead or not?
Who created the lighting for Swansong ?and describ
- DIAGONAL LIGHT FROM UPSTAGE LEFT- SUGGESTING A WINDOW OR HEAVEN
- OVERHEAD COLD LIGHTING TO SUGGEST NATURAL LIGHTING
- FOOTLIGHTS TO CREATE SHADOWS TO ADD ATMOSPHERE
Describe an example of how and why the choreograp
- In the interrogation scenes cold lighting focuses on the chair and the victim. This helps the audience focus on the prisoners torture
- The diagonal shaft of light has a dream like effect and represents the outside world, hope or possibly heaven to the prisoner,
- During the last solo the lighting is lowered making the prisoners shadow longer and as the curtain falls there is only light over the chair- indicating that the torture is over or the prisoner is dead
Who designed the costumes for Swansong? Describe t
GUARDS- LIGHT KHAKI TROUSERS AND SHIRT, BLACK BELTS, BLACK JAZZ SHOES
BLUE DENIM JEANS, SHORT SLEEVED Red T-SHIRT, BLACK JAZZ SHOES
How do the costumes support the theme of swansong?
- Guards wear the same uniform -smart khaki military shirt and trousers .This shows their status and that they are on the same side.
- Prisoner wears casual blue jeans and red t-shirt showing that he is inferior to the guards. Red t-shirt could symbolise blood or anger.
How many dancers and sections are in Swansong?
There are 3 dancers in swansong.
There are 7 sections in Swansong
Who designed the SET for Swansong and what is it l
Bare stage except for a wooden chair
Props include red nose and canes
How does the set design help support the theme of
- Bare stage creates a cold atmosphere similar to prison cell and helps audience concentrate on the dancers movements.
- Chair used as a weapon. shield, prison bars and security blanket
- Red Nose is used to humiliate prisoner
- Canes used as weapons and for mental torture
- Guards always enter/exit from stage right suggesting a door.
What is the Physical Setting of Swansong?
Describe how the dancers/choreographer uses the sp
- Most of the action takes places centre stage focussing on the chair which represents torture
- Guards dance very closely to prisoner to intimidate him
- Pathways are left and right linear (side to side)
- Guards enter and exit from stage right as if it is a door which supports the idea that it is a prison cell.
- Dancers return to the chair often which suggests the repeating of torture
- When the prisoner dances stage right his actions are more fluid suggesting escape.
Describe the dynamics and actions used in Swansong
- The guards dynamics are sharp and sudden. They perform leaps, stamps, claps and push or lift the prisoner around violently.
- The prisoners dynamics change from fluid to sharp and are very energetic. He performs balances, handstands, falls and turns
- THE PRISONER PERFORMS A SWAN LIKE ARM MOTIF SEVERAL TIMES THROUGHOUT THE DANCE which is soft and flowing