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What words comes to mind when talking about 'swansong'?
Interrogation, Manipulation, Hierarchy, unfair treatment, human rights
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What is the prisoners costume like in swansong?
The prisoner wears a faded red t-shirt, blue denim jeans, black jazz shoes. His hair is loose and scruffy
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What is the guards costume like?
They both wear identical 'uniforms', khaki shirt and brown smart trousers, black jazz shoes with a rubber toe tap. Their hair is gelled back and slick
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What does 'complements other components' suggest?
The simple costumes complement the simple set design and lighting to create a dull uninviting atomosphere
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What do the guards come across to be like?
High status and authority
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What is social context of swansong?
The prisoner appears to be particularly repressive due to the use of colour. The costume suggest a sense of interrogation.
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What dance styles are used in Swansong?
Ballet, jazz, contemporary. The rubber taps worn by the guards suggest tap aswell.
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What does the prisoners jeans suggest?
They suggest everyday life/ everyday person (citizen)
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How many dancers are in swansong?
3
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When was swansong first performed?
November 1987
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Who designed the costumes?
Christopher Bruce
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Who did the accompaniment?
Philip Chambon
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How many sections does swansong have?
7 sections
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What are the main themes/ideas in swansong?
The guards manipulate the prisoner, they also give the prisoner unfair treatment as they intimidate him
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Describe a costume from swansong
The guards costume is a military colour pants (khaki) with a crease down the leg. The shirt is a lighter green.
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What does the costume tell us about this character?
that they are higher in hierarchy, they are dressed smartly and have a lot of power over the prisoner
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Who choreographed Swansong?
Christopher Bruce
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Who was responsible for lighting?
David Mohr
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Who was responsible for set desing?
Christopher Bruce
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How long does Swansong last?
32 minutes
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What is section 1?
Question&answer
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What is section 2?
Tea for two
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What is section 3?
First solo
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What is section 4?
slow trio
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What is section 5?
Second solo
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What is section 6?
cane dance
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what is section 7?
Third and final solo
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What does the chair suggest?
i think it suggest that the prisoner keeps has a relationship with the chair perhaps showing he is isolated and is using the chair as a safe havem
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what is the lighting like in section 2?
A wash of light beaming onto the 3 performers. The light follows them around the stage
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What is the lighting like in section 5?
A spotlight on downstage left beaming onto the prisoner. Perhaps showing that light is beaming down to his cell from a prison window
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what is the lighting like in section 7?
Its all dark with one light beaming onto him- showing he is moving towards the light and could represent him dying and going to heaven. (he wants freedom)
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what is the staging in swansong?
Proscenium
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Who is the choreographer of Rosas Danst Rosas?
Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
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When was rosas frist performed?
1983
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What is the dance style like in Rosas?
Post modern, with pedestrian actions
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what is the theme of rosas?
Human behaviour and rage
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What was the starting point of rosas?
Music/ dance relationships
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How many structures does Rosas have?
8
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How many dancers are they?
four
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Who did the Accompaniment?
Thierry de Mey and Peter Vermeersch
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Who did the costume?
Designed by rosas
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What is the lighting like in rosas?
Natural light through windows
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Where is rosas set?
in an empty school in Belgium.
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What is the staging like?
site specific
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What is pedestrian?
everyday movements in dance
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What is minimalist?
In dance simple actions/ choreography
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What is gestural?
Motion of limbs or body to express though or to emphasize a speech
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What is abstract?
No plot/ meaning
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What is mechanical?
Machine like movement
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What are the three main sections?
Section 2-floor, section 3-chair and section 5-glass interiors
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What are the three main sections?
Section 2-floor, section 3-chair and section 5-glass interiors
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