Swansong by Christopher Bruce Flashcards

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Choreographer? Christopher Bruce
Year of choreography? 1987
Starting points/themes? . Human rights issues - political prisoners. . Amnesty International and their work. . Christopher Bruce saying goodbye to his performing career (his Swansong)
Dance Style? . Contemporary . Ballet . Music Hall/Vaudeville (type of jazz) . Tap . Ballroom (tango)
Role of dancers? 2 guards and 1 victim
Costume Designer? Christopher Bruce
Set designer? Christopher Bruce
Lighting Designer? David Mohr
Structure? . Episodic narrative 1) Question and Answers 2) Tea for Two 3) First Victims Solo 4) Slow Trio 5) Second Victim's Solo 6) Cane Dance 7) Final Solo
Type of setting? . Formal . Black Box . Minimalist
Description of the set? . It is a black box set - the floor and walls are both black and create a minimalist feeling and represents the prisoner's feeling of isolation. . There is a single wooden chair placed centre stage . The dance is set in a prison cell so the lack of furniture/detail helps to support this.
Lighting design? . White wash - allows all action to be seen and creates stark and minimalistic setting of prison cell. . Diagonal shaft of white light from UR - symbolises freedom, either a window or the light from heaven. It also helps enhance and highlight the climaxes of the dance. A pathway is also created by the shaft of light so it defines this space. . . Spotlight over chair - highlights the important of the prop and the victim sitting on it. . The lighting design changes for each sections, almost fading to a black out at the end. This helps to establish each section and the structure.
Props? . A wooden chair - represents a safe place that the prisoner keep returning to, a weapon, a shield, prison bards, shackles and to recreate the image of Jesus carrying the cross. . Two canes. . A red nose - embarrasses the victim.
Composer? Philip Chambon
Type of accompaniment in Swansong? . Electro-acoustic sound scape.
Accompaniment in 'Questions and Answers'? . Audible aspects of movement - tapping from the guards and victims indicates communication. . Silence - creates tension . Metallic crash - direct corellation with the contact work that is performed at the same time. When the sound repeats, the movement is repeated. The sound is aggressive and unexpected so creates a tense and uneasy atmosphere.
Accompaniment in 'Tea for Two'? . Whispering voices . The voices sound sinister so add to the atmosphere. . Guards dance in direct correlation with the music. . There is a moment of music visualisation when the circus theme is played and all 3 performers perform and hand gesture and leg flick.
The Victim's Costume? . A faded red/pink t-shirt, blue jeans and black jazz shoes. . The clothes are fitted to enable the audience to see his body line, whilst also providing ease of movement. . He wears everyday clothing to help you understand that this could represent an ordinary person.
The Guards' Costume? . The guards are dressed exactly the same in short sleeved Khaki/beige shirts and matching trousers and black jazz shoes. . Their costumes have a military feel to them, suggesting they may be soldiers. The fact that they both wear the same uniform suggests that they are both part of an organised unit of some sort (unlike the prisoner). . They reflect the theme that they are in control of the prisoner.
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