Flashcards in Perfect by Motionhouse Deck (41)
Who is the choreographer?
How many performers are there?
5 (3 female, 2 male)
Who is the set designer?
Who is the lighting designer?
Who did the accompaniment?
Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson
Who designed the costumes?
Who made the film?
What date did Perfect premier?
28th January 2005
How many sections are there?
What is the dance style?
Combines dance theatre and aerial work
Strong physicality and contact work
Uses and defies gravity
What is the choreographic style?
Collaborative (Finnan and dancers)
Physically adventurous and filmic
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
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
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
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
Describe the lighting
Yellow and purple
Sometimes bright other times dim-some sections of the stage highlighted more than others at times
What contribution does the lighting have?
Draws the focus around the space
Shows the passing of time
To compliment the movement
What contribution does the accompaniment?
Creates a mood/atmosphere
Sometimes build tension
What is the structure of the dance?
Describe the set
Box frame set
A sheer gauze starts as backdrop and bought forwards
A paper screen
What props are used?
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
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
Describe the visual setting in section 1
Restricted area at the front
Sand coated floor
Screen/film with purple image
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?
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
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)
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
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