Swangsong: Choreographic style: Dramatic and Thematic.
Structure: Eposodic in structure, intro followed by 3 scenes The prisoner remains onstage throughout and performs a solo in section 3, which has a motif that are repeated and/or developed in sections 5 and 7 :
The motif is: The reaching arm gesture - Sitting on chair CS and drops his head. He reaches forward with left hand and right hand reaches behind until both fully stretched, this is done smoothly and slowly. He then moves off the chair into a crouched position on the floor. Facing SL, elbows pull arms arms like broken wings.--> reaching for help
It is then developed later in the dance when he faces the back and reaches his arms above his head one at a time. It is developed further when he deos the original arm gesture on a low level in a lunge to the side It also is developed into ajump.
2nd motif: Prisoners solo - The prisoner is on his left leg whilst his right leg is in arabesque. His right arm is up at shoulder height with a bend at the elbow His left arm is slightly bent at his left side. He is standing in CS facing USL. The motif is smooth and fluid. This tells us that he is trying to reach towards USL, trying to escape towards the shaft of light USL - (freedom, or window to heaven.) The fact that he is trying to escape makes us think that maybe hes isolated and adds realism. Throughout the whole of his solo he stays within the pathway of the shaft of light, enforcing the fact that he is trying to break free. He uses bird imagery to also further enforce isolation and trying to reach freedom and break free.
Continued from Swansong:
Dance relatioship: unison by the guards --> team against the prisoner
2nd relationship: Contact work in section 4 slow trio --> prisoner being pushed around and tortured by guards
Still Life: Choregraphic Style: Eposodic in structure follwed by 8 sections. Theatrical using characterisation and humour
E.G (brief answer) Explain how the use of accompaniment contributes to either mood/atmopshere or character in Swansong:
The use of silence creates tension. The use of audible aspect of dance heightens the argument or interrogation between the guards and the prisoner. The electro acoustic sound score adds tempo and atmosphere to the tounge in cheek sections e.g. tea for 2.