I chose the music because it had a good structure; there were lots of different sections which was good for the structure I used. ‘Tubular Bells’ complimented the dance idea because it doesn’t have any lyrics. The different sections were very clear because of the use of dynamics in the music. As the dance is abstract it was good that the music didn’t have any lyrics.
Summary of Dance Idea:
My dance idea is a Movement Concept, to create a dance based upon Asymmetrical and Twirling moves. I had a main asymmetrical phrase which I worked on and added things to, to make the dance.
In my dance I have a main phrase which is based upon the asymmetric part of my theme, it lasts for 3×8’s and it is used three times throughout my dance once reversed and the other two normally. The other sections in my dance are more to do with Twirling and different jumps.
The structure I used for my dance is A, B, A1, B1, A.
Section A: I start the dance on stage and I also finish an stage I do not exit the stage at any moment In the dance. This is beginning phrase and also the ending phrase to my Dance, It lasts for 3×8’s and is based upon the asymmetric theme. I used a lot of extensions of the arm and leg, the dynamics are variable to begin with they are quite soft and flowing but then they get quicker and less flowing. The section travels around the space.
Section B: In this section the music changes to a softer and quieter verse, so this part of the dance is more about the Twirling part of the dance idea these movements are definitely softer. This section includes a floor section which lasts for about 2×8’s, this section includes both jumps which include a turn and spins.
Section A1: This is the middle section of the Dance, it is basically A but reversed and the dynamics are also reversed so that the first bit is softer and slower, and then the second bit is more staccato and faster.
Section B1: This section goes back to the second section but it is performed on different levels with different dynamics. The floor section is performed standing and the other part is performed either kneeling or on the floor.
What the aim of the dance was trying to show was ways in which you can move in either asymmetric or Twirling movements, sections A and A1 put across the asymmetric sections and sections B and B1 put across the Twirling movements.
I started on creating movement material by thinking of 5 Asymmetric moves and 5 moves which travelled and Twirled, I then developed them into separate phrases adding in moves and changing levels and dynamics. As the choreographer I wanted to have at least 1 movement that was repeated throughout the dance.
I used lots of changes in dynamics in the first phrase because I thought it was an important element to use it is also very effective, the reason I used it in the A section is because it is more of a varied phrase, whereas with the B phrase it is more continuous and flowing, and looks better with similar dynamics.
In the dance I used quite a few different levels, the pathways were kept straight but went in any direction. The first section was kept to a small box whereas in the second the dancer moved more into a bigger area of space.
The focus in my dance was mainly kept up and out, either looking in the direction I was going or in some cases looking where either my arm or another body part was pointing.
As the dance developed I added in different moves and also took some away if I thought they didn’t fit. I changed the dynamics to look better and also the level of what I was doing.
While choreographing most of the dance I was in my bedroom which has limited space, so when I had a lesson in the dance studio I had to make the movements bigger and use more of the space so as to get the best effect.
I chose to start and Finish the dance onstage because of the type of dance and I thought it was appropriate to. In the beginning I just stood there with one knee bent and my arms by my side until the music started, at the end I had my head flopped down with my knees slightly bent, one more than the other to still give a asymmetric position.
If I were to make the dance again I would change the dynamics of the dance and make sure that it was completely finished. I would have made it longer and added more moves, repetition, and levels. I also think that if I were to do a solo composition again I would choose an actual theme to make it easier to think of moves.
In conclusion I wasn’t as pleased with my dance as I could have been because of the fact that it was shorter than I thought and there were pauses in certain places where there shouldn’t have been. I could put more feeling into the dance which I think would make it more effective. If the dance had been longer I think I could have portrayed the dance idea better. One regret that I had was not having enough time to rehearse in an open space, I was restricted to the space I had in my bedroom, I also should have put more thought into some of the moves and spent more time overall to make it better. But overall I am quite pleased the finish product.