Dance Appreciation

Dance Appreciation

Dance Appreciation

Welcome to our new Dance Appreciation activities aimed at secondary teachers delivering SQA dance and their pupils. Each month we will release a YDance performance on our website and a weekly choreographic focus to be discussed as a group. We will also provide a weekly question for individual pupils to answer to upskill them on written answers.

October Dance Appreciation – Maelstrom

Performed by the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland 2016, Maelstrom examines the invisible invasions we all live with in this media driven, online obsessed world we are living in. How much control do we have on what is imprinting on us, how is this overloading us and what is seeping in, unconsciously or consciously, interrupting our human interactions and relationships, causing growth or destruction?

NYDCS 2016 - Maelstrom

NYDCS 2016 - Maelstrom

Week 1

Reflect on the synopsis when watching the full performance and consider the theme and intention. Discuss as a group how the actions in each section relate to the theme. Explore the use of gesture, elevation, stillness or travelling movements. Individually answer the following question:

Evaluate the choreographers use of movement/motif to communicate the choreographic intentions. 

Week 2

Explore and discuss the spatial elements of Maelstrom as a group. Consider levels, formations, pathways and the personal/general space used by the dancers. Then individually answer the following question:

Analyse the choreographers use of two spatial elements to communicate the theme and/or intentions of the piece. 

Week 3

The choreographer has used various simple and complex devices to develop the motif throughout Maelstrom. Identify and discuss the choreographic devices used within the piece then individually answer the following question:

Analyse the choreographers use of two choreographic devices to communicate the theme and/or intentions of the piece. 

Week 4

Released on Friday 23rd October

Week 5

Released on Friday 30th October

 

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