Form and/or Function
Dance B focuses on learning choreographic material and performance skills. It integrates a comprehensive range of elements previously trained in class including telling a story, level changes, weight transfer and travelling. Overall, the dance has a playful narrative with themes of hide and seek.
Notes on our approach
The dancers initially explored and learnt the first section of the dance, which focuses on hiding, peeking out and predominantly uses level changes and the kinesphere of the dancers. In this group, it was possible for the teacher to demonstrate the choreography directly, explain the narrative intentions of the dance and for the dancers to explore their strongest version to perform.
We practised the first part on an open, shared timing with a partner using a different piece of music. The focus was on dancing together and, especially during transitions, capturing the playful intention of the dance. After exploring the second section with the centre Travel: Dance B travel material, the dancers in groups B and C added these two sections together while sticking to the open timing.
Exploration and Setting
We asked the dancers to explore different ways of performing the hide and seek idea and the set movement material on the floor.
We initially practised rolling on the floor, discovering different ways to roll safely and softly on the floor. To this we added the ‘peek a boo’ moment of popping up from the floor dropping back down and performed this in an exploration loop called ‘dust bunnies’. This gave the dancers time to explore technical aspects for the rolling and practice the mechanics while still performing the intentions for the dance.
Continuing to structure the dance, we practised transfers from the floor to standing, integrating mobility devices and (re)choreographing individual variations. Kitty transposed the floor phrase Amber dances and performed it standing in her K-frame (Group A).
The dancers also worked on their placement and the position of mobility devices, as well as sharing the timing and performance quality with a partner particularly for transitions and travelling (Groups B and C).
- Develop and refine the travelling material
- Practice and refine specific transitions going down to and up from the floor; moving them from a functional to a danced quality
- Add further sections
- Which choices that the dancers make are consistent with Dance B; where would you like them to try something different?
- What performance skills and movement quality are already present and what can they work on?