Dance Composition A Practical Guide to Creative Success in Dance Making

ISBN-10: 1408115646

ISBN-13: 9781408115640

Edition: 6th 2010

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Book details

List price: $25.99
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 6/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Smith-Autard is a dance educator of world renown, currently pioneering the use of multimedia resources in dance teaching.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Dancing and composing dances
Dance as art
The nature of composition
The material elements
Methods of construction
The nature of dance composition
Teaching dance composition
The material content - movement and meaning
The basic language of movement
Analysing the language
Choice of content
Literal movement into dance content
Exploring a range of movement
Movement and meaning
Stylising the material content
Methods of construction 1 - the beginnings
Stimuli for dance
Types of dances
Mode of presentation
Improvisation
Methods of construction 2 - motif into composition
Arrangement of material
Form
What is a motif?
Development and variation of a motif
Repetition as a constructional element
Types of motif
The dance design in time
The dance design in space
Motif in composition
Methods of construction 3 - motif into composition for a group
The group as an expressive element
Motif, development and variation
The time aspect
The space aspect
Methods of construction 4 - the dance form
Design in time
Organisation of the form
Methods of construction 5 - elements of construction
Motifs
Repetition
Variation and contrasts
Climax or highlights
Proportion and balance
Transition
Logical development
Unity
Methods of construction 6 - style
Understanding the term style
Factors affecting the style of a dance
How to stylise a dance
Methods of construction 7 - improvisation in the process of composition
Meaning of terms - improvisation and exploration
Free and limited improvisation
Improvisation in framework compositions
Guiding improvisation visually
Improvisation as process in composition
The role of evaluation in improvisation
Methods of construction 8 - alternative and experimental approaches in dance composition
Meaning of terms
Alternative movement contents and eclectic trends
Themes and reading of themes
Alternative and experimental approaches to dance composition
The creative process in dance composition
The creative process
Phases in creativity
The creative process in dance composition - an example
Phase 1 - the impulse to create
Phase 2 - working with the medium
Phase 3 - realising the final form
Phase 4 - presentation and performance
Phase 5 - response and evalution
Summary and conclusion
Resource-based teaching/learning - dance composition
Resource-based teaching/learning
New technologies
Differences in use of DVD and CD-ROM/DVD-ROM technologies
A CD-ROM resource: Chorographic Outcomes - improving dance composition
The accompanying DVD
Resource-based teaching/learning - practical assignments using the DVD
Resource-based teaching/learning using new technologies
Resource-based teaching/learning - dance performance
Performance to deepen understanding of composition
Aims of this section
Methods of improving dance performance
A DVD-ROM resource: Vocalise - improving dance performance
Resource-based teaching/learning - practical assignments using the DVD
Section 6
The composer's freedom
Imagination and intuition
Imagination in relation to the stimulus
Imagination during composition
Intuition
Knowing and feeling
Evaluations
Conclusion
References
Technology resources
Index
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