9780736055321

Dance Composition Basics : Capturing the Choreographer's Craft

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  • ISBN13:

    9780736055321

  • ISBN10:

    0736055320

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Package
  • Copyright: 1/20/2006
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics

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Summary

Text instruction can go only so far in teaching how to create dances. Dance Composition Basicspicks up where other textbooks leave off, with a bound-in DVD that features professional choreographers and dancers in action.Designed for beginning college-level dance composition courses and dance educators at the middle and high school levels, this textbook and DVD package highlights selected portions of original dance compositions by two noted choreographers. The works of Alonzo King (Chants and Dreamer) and Dwight Rhoden (Verge) are recorded and analyzed to sequence the choreographic process. Students are able to witness a progression that takes them from conceiving and refining an idea to improvising and solving movement problems to shaping and performing dances.The methods featured in Dance Composition Basicscan be applied to a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, and jazz. Each of the 27 lessons serves as a starting point that encourages novice dancers to embark on their own attempts at choreography with more confidence.Structured to present concepts from simple to complex, the chapters cover the body, space, time, energy, and choreographic devices. Each chapter is divided into lessons based on the dance element or concept highlighted. The lessons challenge students to create solo, duet, trio, and group works. Each lesson includes the following components:-One choreographic concept-Video documentation of the choreographic concept-Vocabulary words-Introductory statement-Warm-up-Structured improvisations-Creative choreographic problems-Questions for discussion-Assessment rubricsThe DVD supplements the written instruction in a progression that no textbook alone could achieve. It shows dancers as they solve movement problems, and it shows choreographers as they mold their works from conception to stage performance. DVD footage also captures the decision-making and problem-solving tactics used by each choreographer. With these concrete examples, students can form a basis of comparison when completing their own assignments.Dance Composition Basicsis a practical introduction to the methods and tools used in composing dances that engages students in the processthe preferred method of learning and teaching dance composition today. Through real-world examples, this text and DVD package demonstrates the direct relationship of the activities learned in the dance composition class to the current practices used by professional choreographers.

Author Biography

Pamela Anderson Sofras is a professor of dance and dance education at the University of North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Featured Artists and Works: Alonzo King xi
Featured Artists and Works: Dwight Rhoden xiii
How to Use the DVD xv
Dance Composition Basics DVD Menu xvii
Acknowledgments xix
The Body: Exploring the Ways We Move
1(28)
Lesson 1 Impulse: Origins of Movement
3(5)
Lesson 2 Phrase: Linking Movements
8(5)
Lesson 3 Gesture: Personal Vocabulary of Movement
13(6)
Lesson 4 Shape: Body Design
19(5)
Lesson 5 Problem Solving: Creating a Solo
24(5)
Space: Exploring the Expanse We Move In
29(46)
Lesson 1 Air and Floor Pathways: Mapping the Route
31(7)
Lesson 2 Diagonals: From Corner to Corner
38(7)
Lesson 3 Symmetry: Balancing Shapes
45(7)
Lesson 4 Positive and Negative Space: Sharing a Shape
52(5)
Lesson 5 Balance: Supporting Each Other
57(6)
Lesson 6 Imitation: Reflecting Each Other
63(6)
Lesson 7 Problem Solving: Creating a Duet
69(6)
Time: Exploring Tempo
75(26)
Lesson 1 Slow Motion: Dancing in Reverie
77(5)
Lesson 2 Speed: Learning to Dance Quickly
82(5)
Lesson 3 Pacing: Combining Different Pulses
87(6)
Lesson 4 Accelerating: How Fast Can It Go?
93(4)
Lesson 5 Problem Solving: Creating a Trio
97(4)
Energy: Force Generating Movement
101(24)
Lesson 1 Inertia: Readiness to Move
103(4)
Lesson 2 Opposites: Contrasting Energies
107(5)
Lesson 3 Dynamics: Qualities of Movement
112(4)
Lesson 4 Intensity: Increasing and Decreasing Force
116(5)
Lesson 5 Problem Solving: Creating a Small-Group Composition
121(4)
Choreographic Devices: Creating Finished Compositions.
125(26)
Lesson 1 Call and Response: Antiphonal Movement
127(3)
Lesson 2 Canon: Dancing in Unison a Few Counts Apart
130(4)
Lesson 3 Directional Mirroring: Parallel Reflecting and Reverse Reflecting
134(4)
Lesson 4 Variation: Interweaving and Varying Patterns
138(7)
Lesson 5 Problem Solving: Creating a Movement Suite
145(6)
Glossary 151(6)
Bibliography 157(2)
Index 159(4)
About the Author 163

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