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1

Who is the choreographer?

Kevin Finnan

2

How many performers are there?

5 (3 female, 2 male)

3

Who is the set designer?

Simon Dorman

4

Who is the lighting designer?

Mark Parry

5

Who did the accompaniment?

Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson

6

Who designed the costumes?

Claire Armitage

7

Who made the film?

Caroline Bridges

8

What date did Perfect premier?

28th January 2005

9

How many sections are there?

13

10

What is the dance style?

Combines dance theatre and aerial work
Strong physicality and contact work
Contemporary
Uses and defies gravity

11

What is the choreographic style?

Collaborative (Finnan and dancers)
Physically adventurous and filmic

12

Give a summary of Perfect

About time-the way we witness it, how it shapes us and affects relationships
Waiting, nurturing and growing
Fear of ageing and our race against time

13

Describe the accompaniment

Important role in the emotional language of the production
Combination of 'found' sound and newly composed scores
Reflects the dynamic of the piece

14

Describe the costumes

Women- short black dresses
Men-black trousers, white shirts
Simple, gender-specific, everyday clothes with clean lines and shapes
Adaptations to allow the harnesses to be used

15

What contribution do the costumes have?

Allows the dancers to move easily
Looks like everyday clothes that don't make a statement
To compliment the work and not detract from the theme

16

Describe the lighting

Yellow and purple
Sometimes bright other times dim-some sections of the stage highlighted more than others at times

17

What contribution does the lighting have?

Draws the focus around the space
Shows the passing of time
To compliment the movement

18

What contribution does the accompaniment?

Creates a mood/atmosphere
Sometimes build tension

19

What is the structure of the dance?

Episodic

20

Describe the set

Box frame set
Sand filled
A sheer gauze starts as backdrop and bought forwards
A paper screen

21

What props are used?

Sand
Rakes
Watering cans
Slings
Paper
Benches
Ladders

22

What happens in section 1 -Spirits of time?

A snapshot of daily life (Sunrise-sunset)
Starts with Helen lying down stage left
Junior and Vanessa enter wearing white to contrast Helens black and blend into the background/film
Sense of spirituality

23

Describe the movement in section 1 and what it represents

Isolated hand movements/gestures to show the manipulation of time/playing with the sands of time

24

Describe the visual setting in section 1

Restricted area at the front
Sand coated floor
Screen/film with purple image

25

What happens in section 2 -Shadows?

Helen moves and a shadow mirrors her behind the screen (Unison)
Stuart enters, the shadow goes to him, Helen stays away (showing rejection)
Stuart performs anguished solo
Shadow goes back to consoling
Is it a memory?

26

Describe a section where lighting is used for effect

In section 2 lighting is used to create shadows to represent our memories
Stuart is made large to create a sense of intimidation

27

Describe the movement used in section 2 (and what it shows)

Arms wrapped around torso (consoling)
Sinking away from Stuart (rejection)
Stuart's anguished solo (negative relationship)

28

Describe a section using unison

In section 3, we see the legs of the dancers moving in unison to add humour and liveliness to the piece
Hopping, shuffling, turning and jumping are common movements

29

What happens in section 3 -Legs?

(Can only see legs due to paper)
Females are dancing together but bought to a halt when male legs are seen and two females leave, male pair suddenly disappear, leaving the female pair dithering
The section is about assumptions

30

Explain how music is used to contribute to the mood of a certain section

In section 3 -legs music is used to create an upbeat and rhythmical atmosphere with a humorous mood
In section 4 -faces music is used to make the atmosphere more frantic as you the ageing process become more clear