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Who is the choreographer of Swansong?

CHRISTOPHER BRUCE

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What was the Date that Swansong was first performe

November 1987

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What dance styles are used in Swansong?

CONTEMPORARY -TAP-JAZZ  DANCE- TANGO-PHYSICAL CONTACT- (Narrative)

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What is the theme/stimulus of Swansong?

HUMAN RIGHTS is the theme.

Other stimulus was Christopher Bruce saying goodbye to dancing

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Who created the music for swansong? and what is th

PHILLIP CHAMBON

Electronic music with digital sounds and voices

At times no sound- so we can hear tapping of the feet-adds tension

 

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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

- crashes

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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

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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.

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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?

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Who created the lighting for Swansong ?and describ

DAVID MOHR

  • DIAGONAL LIGHT FROM UPSTAGE LEFT- SUGGESTING A WINDOW OR HEAVEN
  • OVERHEAD COLD LIGHTING TO SUGGEST NATURAL LIGHTING
  • FOOTLIGHTS TO CREATE SHADOWS TO ADD  ATMOSPHERE
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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
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Who designed the costumes for Swansong? Describe t

CHRISTOPHER BRUCE

GUARDS- LIGHT KHAKI TROUSERS AND SHIRT, BLACK BELTS, BLACK JAZZ SHOES

PRISONER-

BLUE DENIM JEANS, SHORT SLEEVED Red T-SHIRT, BLACK JAZZ SHOES

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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.
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How many dancers and sections are in Swansong?

There are 3 dancers in swansong.

There are 7 sections in Swansong

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Who designed the SET for Swansong and what is it l

CHRISTOPHER BRUCE

Proscenium arch

Bare stage except for a wooden chair

Black backdrop

Props include red nose and canes

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How does the set design help support the theme of

  • Minimalistic
  • 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.
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What is the Physical Setting of Swansong?

Proscenium Arch

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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.
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Describe the dynamics and actions used in Swansong

section one

  • 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
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