still life at the penguin cafe

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who is the choreographer of 'still life' at the penguin cafe?
david bintley
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who composed the music?
simon jeffes
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who does the lighting?
john b.read
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what is the dance idea?
a dance show within a show. to raise awareness of endangered species.
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what is the relationship between accompaniment and choreographer?
enhancement of mood or character. a particular music or sound is used to introduce or define a characters mood. there also is a different piece of music for each animal(shows their identity). E.G LIVELY PHYMTHM OF BOUNCY MOVEMENT OF HOG/SKUNK FLEA.
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when was the first performance?
1988 by the royal ballet.
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how does the show start?
the ballet begins with a voice reading an extract from DAVID DAY'S DOOMSDAY BOOK OF ANIMALS. he explains how the great auk became extinct. there is the music of howling wind to suggest polar regions bleak and empty.
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describe the music:
quiet chords on the harp give a lighthearted cheryp tune. two layers use a cycle,it repeats played by woodwind instuments or string intruments. it also shows a real life cafe environment.
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movement of the great auk:
-heels together in 1st position. body tilts to the left. he raises a forefinger to the left side of head(TELLING US TO THINK) circular motion,begins STAGE LEFT mainly centre stage weaving in and out of each other. he SKIMMS ALONG THE GROUND-BUOYANT.
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what are the main movements the auk does?
does petite allegro-polka,gallops,glissades,assemble and jete's.
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what is the GREAT AUKS costume?
he carries a TRAY with champagne style glasses in right hand. WHITE SHIRT,BOW TIE AND BLACK TAIL COAT. BLACK TUBE OF STRETCHY MATERIAL COVERING THIGHS(balloony trousers).YELLOW ANKLE SPATS and his MASK.
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what was the GREAT AUKS COSTUME INSPIRED BY?
inspired by PENGUIN HYBRIDS in EMILY YOUNG'S PAINTINGS. kneck down- HUMAN TO SHOW GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION,HEAD FOR SETTING.
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what is the set design for the great auk?
begins with a black background,there is a narrow backdrop painted with realistic white mountains and blue sea. the LIGHTING is bright to give a COLD WINTERY FEEL. there is 3 CIRCULAR FOLLOW SPOTS shine on trio of penguins to ENHANCE THEIR precence
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describe the awakening of the TEXAN KANGEROO RAT- section 3:
begins with the rat lying on the floor with back to audience. culed up on his side knees bent to chest. he circles ankles,rolls over and around (UNCOMFORTABLE AND IS WAKENING). gradually he stands up hands drawn into chest like paws.
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what are the key feautres (movement) of the TEXAN KANGEROO RAT?
when awake he moves constantly,at a FAST PACE, DARTING QUICK AND NIMBLE. he swings his arms and wrists in a AMERICAN HILIBILLY FOLK STYLE. he also performs TAP STEPS-wings.
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what is the MAIN/KEY movement of the TEXAN KANGEROO RAT?
knee slapping guestures,travelling with bent knees rotating in and out pulling up and down. the stays MOSTLY CENTRE,ZIGZAG PATHWAY.
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what is the TEXAN KANGEROO RAT'S COSTUME?
DARK BLUE COTTON DUNGAREES with silver buckle fastenings (A WORKING RAT). TROUSERS ROLLED UP MID CALF (heat in texas). KNEE PADS, TYE DYE SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT, grey(dirty). HEAD MASK with rat like feautures, SKIN COLOURED SOFT SHOES(working rat).
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what is the MUSIC for the TEXAN KANGEROO RAT?
beginns with 3 QUIET CHORDS on a HARP,. with the dark lighting the rat appears ASLEEP, THE MUSIC SUGGESTS DAWN. WIND INSTRUMENTS PLAY 5 NOTE SCALES, DECENDING repeated before the tune begins. there is a GALLOPING RHYTHM -american folk music(*** down)
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how does the dancer(kangeroo rat) add percusion to the music?
the dancer adds percusion by HAND SLAPPING on knee in time with the music.
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how does the KANGEROO RAT'S music END?
deep drum rolls are occasionally heard. this coincides with the rat dancing at a low level. at the end the music SLOWS as the rat RETURNS TO HIS SLUMBER. a series of STRONG CHORDS MATCH HIS JUMPING,HOPPING OFF STAGE SCRATCHING.
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what is the SET DESIGN for the KANGEROO RAT?
backdrop is a close up of vivid green cactus( MAKES THE RAT LOOK TINY). background is a YELLOW SAND COLOUR- (showing deser beyond).
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what is the LIGHTING for the TEXAN RAT?
lighting is DIM AT START, THE RAT LIES IN A SHAFT OF BRIGHT LIGHT- (sunrise). lights BRIGHTEN, HAVE THE SAME MIX OF GREEN+YELLOW AS SET-(compilmentary). centeral stage is flooded with vivid green -highlights the place where the rat RETURNS TO.
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WHAT TYPE OF SPOTLIGHT FOLLOWS THE RAT?
A BRIGHT CIRCULAR SPOTLIGHT FOLLOWS HIM.
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how does the OVERALL ACCOMPANIMENT HELP US UNDERSTAND THE THEME?
the music (WINDY ANTARTICA) helps us undertand the location. MUSIC VISULISATION= links with characters. CHANGES IN EACH SECTION-NEW CHARACTER AND SHOWS THE TIME OF DAY!
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