A paper about Nine Sinatra Songs, a ballet choreographed by Twyla Tharp and performed by Ballet West. Include the year it began and who composed the music. observation of the performers, choreography, sets, music, lighting, and costumes. Vocabulary terms specific to ballet should be included. Try to show a deeper understanding of Ballet and movement.
Some questions to consider: How does the lighting, costumes, music, use of space, or movement qualities combine to create a feeling tone of the work? Are these elements congruent, or contrasting one another, and what conclusion does that draw for the work? Include feelings about the ballet, what was good/bad about it?
As it relates to space, movement, time, and design of the performance. Is the movement on the floor, or reaching upward? Are they performed high, medium, or low?
Direction: Does the movement go forward, backward, sideways, right, left, or on a diagonal?
Place: Is the movement done on the spot (personal space), or does it move through space (general space, downstage, upstage)?
Orientation: Which way are the dancers facing? Pathway: Is the path through space made by the dancers curved, straight, or zigzagged? Or is it random?
Size: Does the movement take up a small, narrow space, or a big, wide space?
Relationships: How are the dancers positioned in space in relationship to one another? Are they close together or far apart? Are they in front of, beside, behind, over, under, alone, or connected to one another? Pattern-are the dancers making any formations or patterns? Time-
Clock Time: We use clock time to think about the length of a dance or parts of a dance measured in seconds, minutes, or hours.
Timing Relationships: When dancers move in relation to each other (before, after, together, sooner than, faster than).
Metered Time: A repeated rhythmic pattern often used in music (like 2/4 time or 4/4 time). If dances are done to music, the movement can respond to the beat of the music or can move against it. The speed of the rhythmic pattern is called its tempo.
Free Rhythm: A rhythmic pattern is less predictable than metered time. Dancers may perform movement without using music, relying on cues from one another.
Energy- Attack: Is the movement sharp and sudden, or smooth and sustained?
Weight: Does the movement show heaviness, as if giving into gravity, or is it light with a tendency upward?
Flow: Does the movement seem restricted or bound, with a lot of muscle tension, or is it relaxed, free, and easy?
Quality: Is the movement tight, flowing, loose, sharp, swinging, swaying, suspended, collapsed, or smooth? Dancers- Execution-how well did the dancers perform the steps, how well did the dancers dance together (when applicable)?
Artistry-how did the dancers performance enhance or take away from the story or the experience? Did you believe them as the role they were in? Did you enjoy watching their own personal style? Musicality/ interpretation-how did this dancer dance with or against the music?
Design- Set Design: Colors, literal environments, set moves, drops, props, fog/smoke, special effects?
Lighting: Dark/light, mood, spot lights, fragmented, abstract, enhance the story or distracting?
Music: Upbeat/somber, fast/slow, intensity, mood, volume, rhythm, silence, special effects?
Costumes: Abstract, literal, colors, shapes, who were the dancers, why were these chosen?
Story/Narrative: Was there a story or was the ballet abstract? How did all of these elements work together to tell the story? Was it effective?
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