In the reading by Carroll, there is a great point about how dancing sometimes has large movements that are purposefully done to make sure the whole audience sees the movements even the guests in the back. This shows how dancing is executed in a way to help the audience understand what is going on so in return the audience will respond with energy and will make it a successful show. The way the ballet dancers practice in the documentary Ballet 422 it shows how much work goes into the performance. It was also evident to me however much practice is done there is still a little bit left up to chance until it is performed in front of a real audience. That’s what I think makes dance and theater so interesting.
When dance is mentioned, most people think of expressing themselves and desiring to do what you love. In the film Strictly Ballroom by Baz Luhrmann, the characters experience many challenges, such as being expected to fit in. Scott Hastings is an admirable character who changes the history of dance, and goes through an impenetrable time trying to fit in. As we move along, Scott shows us the struggles of being a “strictly ballroom” dancer, how he changes throughout the film and how it’s helped us to understand the change. While everyone else follows the dance Federation steps, Scott is unique from everyone around him, and likes to express himself through non-Federation steps.
Louis studied dance from an early age and performed many times with the aim of impressing all of Europe with his dance shows while he was king. It was this culture that many other parts of Europe were influenced by. In the balls that were put on by King Louis XIV to demonstrate the superiority of the nobles to all others present and his dances represented France’s power and sophistication. Dances were performed by young, healthy dancers and were often very demanding - however pretentious displays of an individuals skill were looked at disapprovingly by others. The aim of dance of this type was to make the different steps look effortless and not at all
When dance and social activism intersect, I get excited. All of my experiences with dance as a tool for social change have been profound and evoking. The work I do with Donald Byrd and Spectrum Dance Theater company (SDT) is tremendously relevant. It unapologetically challenges and disrupts societal systems, people’s beliefs, thoughts, and their relations with others who are different from them. Working with SDT has taught me that dance, my passion, part of my identity, is a tool for social change.
Dance constantly shifts throughout time, and in the 1990’s, the Macarena dance created a “craze” that constructed a new way of viewing a cultural identity, therefore introducing a different social norm for dance. Through simple, inclusive, and fun dance moves, the Macarena represented a social dance, where a variety of people were able to participate, and the dance was capable of being slightly modified within cultures to expand from one cultural meaning and to create a similar, yet different experience for each person who participated. Many may simply see the Macarena as a fun dance, but the roots of the Macarena constructed a new normative for identity throughout dance. The Macarena dance originated in Latin America, by a Spanish duo named
The main reason being, Bernard Woma mentioned multiple times throughout the performance that it is welcome for people to come up and dance with them. In conclusion, this performance from the Saakumu Dance Troupe was energetic and interactive. Therefore, there was audience involvement in the event. The music that was played involved a variety of instruments and dances. It allowed for both the performers and the audiences enjoyment by giving Bloomington residents a touch of a culture that most have never seen before through a musical
Tito Rodriguez was known to be a perfectionist when it came to his mz usic, as stated in the article: " everything had to be in its place, in tune, on the beat, and above all, performed with sufficient sabor" (Rondón 4). This quotation reminds me of my dancing, and the way it relates to the connection with musicality and truly expressing your "sabor" when performing. Its people like Tito Rodriguez that influenced dancers in creativity. To move and create a story with your dancing is all guided through amazing music by artists like Rodriguez an Puente. Other than the upbeat and rapid musical genre of salsa, there came to style Bolero; which is characterized as the "feeling" which is more of an emotional context.
The language and acting reinforces the fact that the sisters cannot understand each other because they are not able to control or rely on one another. The costumes also represent the personality of each through contrast of color and the different disposition of the characters further widen the gap between them. Through these measures, the director strongly linked the two siblings with the concept of expectation and betrayal. Compared to the original script by Auburns, Martinson’s detail in each character’s appearance and tone added more clearness and emotion to the play. The director’s effort of adding detail and complexity in each character enhanced the play’s overall meaning and provided the audience with more complex, intermixed emotion of the
In a way, the Lindy Hop is all about the art of expressionism. The ones who dance the Lindy Hop are able to express themselves in multiple areas, such as attitudes, dance steps, and facial expressions. There is not one specific way to perform this dance since it is considered a street, flexible type of dance. Monaghan stated that “(Manning) always conveyed the muscular and pile-driving yet rhythmically rich style of his heyday, when he propelled partners through the air at lightning speeds,” which is suggested that anyone, including Manning, could make up new dance moves to go along with the Lindy
As one of the guys, Viola knows how to act, but she associates herself with her in-group. Her out-group is dissimilar to her in-group, because she must modifies her actions to fit into the group. Viola experiences both in-group and out-group throughout the movie. Furthermore, there are many other concepts to this
The choreographies presented at the Cornish Dance Theater were very distinct from each other, though choreographers from both pieces put much effort on communicating devices to best deliver their intended-visions to the audiences. In MIXeD mEdia, the stage was decorated into a narrowed, light-colored setting in addition to the ballet performance, making the overall impression of the performance to be somewhat joyful and relaxing. Similarly, in Cannot Be Undone, the choreographer not only had music altering between strong-beats-fast-pace and sentimental-style-slower-pace, but also utilized varied lighting design in addition to props for creating sensational impacts. Although the two choreographers structured the performance with very different way, I believe that their intentions and motivations were alike after viewing and sharing
Native American dance theater is something everyone should consider watching at some point in their life. To many people, Native American dance theater at first glance may only appear to be like any other ordinary dance theater, when it actually actually consists of a much more rich and insightful teaching of what the Native American people were really like. What Native American Dance theater essentially is is a history lesson packed with an elegant style, deep meaning, and plenty of symbolism. This style of dancing has been around for as long as the Native people have been, When watching one of these dances, the first thing that pops into mind is the elegance and grace of the dances. Not only does it seem to be fun, but is also very spiritual
I feel that Matts main point is that we are built to be in tight groups (tribes) but at the same time we want to connect with all sorts of different people and cultures. He tells us in his article that he went on a trip around the world and made dancing videos with the people he met and what he learned was that people wanted to feel connected. He touches on the topic on how we have a ancient way of thinking when it comes to the type of people we socialize with. He uses the words primate, tribe, primitive, and the phrase caveman brain to show us how we still act today despite those times being thousands of years ago. He gives examples on how were connected financially and by simply being human.
There was shifting of the background images while the dancers are shifting the dancing movements. While dancers are giving out some movements with lots of strength or force, the background screen also displaces Lyndon Baines Johnson’s images and plays a repeated voice record of his speech, especially the most famous one “power is where power goes”; its also the one catches the show’s topic the
Because of the combined effort from the 2 organizations, it worked out in their favor. But, not only did women’s suffrage and prohibition take place, there were also “behind the scenes” taking place as well. People could express theirself more freely with dancing, art, culture, and many other things. The 1920’s was also known as the “jazz age”. The Dancing Times reported that people "apparently cannot take a meal or watch a play through without breaking off for a round or two of dancing."