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Centre: Temps Lié - Basic Shared Version

Form and/or Function

The temps lié is a weight transfer. It is used as transition and preparatory material in many combinations. The transfer can happen directly on the horizontal, through lowering or a rise. The traditional positions and facings (croisé, en face, effacé and écarté) are used to best reveal the various elements in a phrase.

Notes on our approach

This centre temps lié phrase was taught directly. In doing so I run the risk of making ableist assumptions about the dancers’ ability to perform the material. Knowing the dancers, I tried to set it at a level which allowed as much shared material as possible in this group. We worked with a closely set phrase with the intention for each dancer to augment the phrase with their material.

Exploration and Setting:

While we were setting the phrase, we needed to explore how the tempo and space elements worked for each dancer. The dancers adjusted the set material to their movement range and level of training; e.g. Suzie replaced the temps lié sideways with a lean (as the chair can’t move sideways). Vicky decided when to include a port de bras and when to focus on the weight transfer on its own. Also see general notes on setting.

Score Elements:

Series of temps liés: croisé to the front, en face to the side, effacé to the back and écarté to the side.


Observation Tasks

  • How consistent are the dancers in using their set port de bras?
  • What feedback would you give about movement quality?
  • Observe how the dancers transpose specific elements; how does this correspond with the set phrase?
  • Where are dancers self correcting?