watch these two clips from youtube
take a perspective about how the two relate to each other.
1. Describe one of the two dances that you talk about
2. write 2 general sentences that describe the entire dance, and then 2 sentences that each describe a few seconds of movement that stand out to you, and that support your general sentences. Your last sentence of this paragraph should relate to your thesis statement. For example, you might say:
“Dance A utilizes the concept of level well, as it contains many moments where the dancer’s bodies appear suspended just above the floor. Throughout the dance, there are also multiple times when an individual dancer will make his or her way across the stage space with such smooth energy, it is as if he or she is moving through molasses. At one point at the start of the piece, a dancer balances her torso on her two hands, elbows bent underneath her stomach, while performing a painstakingly slow extension of her right leg parallel to the floor. Another moment in the dance that stood out to me was when one of the male dancers rotated his body balancing on one foot, by executing a gradual spiral that started from his head and ended with his long leg reaching behind his body in a beautiful arc. When observing the fluidity, closeness to the earth, and consistent use of time in Dance A, one is reminded of the steady yet imperceptible growth of a tree or movement of a glacier.”
Do the same as above for the second dance you have chosen.
4. Discuss in greater detail how you came to the conclusions that you make in your thesis statement. You could address other movement qualities that you observed, or additional aspects of the pieces such as music, costumes, lighting, title, etc. Make sure that any observations you make about the pieces support your thesis statement. For example, you might say:
“The choreographers for Dance A and Dance B made other choices that strengthen my belief about their artistic intentions.In Dance A, the music was quite calm and cyclical, and it did not have a recognizable melody. The consistency of tones without an easily discernible pattern reminded me of how there is form inside the chaos of the natural world. In Dance B, the lighting alternated haphazardly between being bright while directly on a few dancers, and being more subdued and casting a soft glow on the entire stage. These sudden changes in the look of the stage support my hypothesis that the choreographer was intending to comment on the ways that a person’s life can change in an instance….”
5. n the final paragraph, discuss the necessary tools for and the benefits of being an active audience member, and how you used those tools to create your thesis statement.